Aston Martin Memorabilia Is up for Auction with a James Bond Theme

Who doesn’t like James Bond? For starters, Bond villains certainly don’t, and Q the quartermaster probably doesn’t either because Bond somehow manages to wreck every car he’s given. Has Q ever gotten an Aston Martin or BMW back from Bond that wasn’t totaled? The rate of damage-free returns from agent 007 is probably pretty low. For instance, Bond didn’t even get to really enjoy the Aston Martin DBS V12 in Casino Royale before he had to flip it to avoid hitting Vesper Lynd. (We should have put a spoiler alert there, in case you have not already added the VHS or Beta cassette to your motion picture library).

What better way to celebrate the Bond franchise’s taste for wrecking Aston Martin cars than to purchase some Bond memorabilia?

This week Bonhams is hosting an online auction offering a variety of Aston Martin items, with plenty of rare, autographed promotional pieces from the Bond franchise. Better hurry! The auction ends June 14.

Here are a few that have caught our eye already.

Estimate: $350-$500

Here’s a case of chromed 1:36 scale diecast Bond cars from Corgi. They come in an alloy flightcase-style briefcase with a combination lock. 1:36 is a bit of an obscure scale, but the presentation here is pretty impressive, as diecast cars usually don’t travel like this. We’d avoid taking it to the airport, because it’s certain to get you pulled aside by TSA.

VIEW LOT #36 HERE

Estimate: $350-$490

A James Bond still image from Goldfinger, with an Aston Martin DB5. Framed with a Sean Connery signature in a blue marker. This is a pretty classic image from Furka Pass, which was from one of the more believable Bond films. This was before Bond learned parkour. (Note: This has already sailed through the top estimate.)

VIEW LOT #60 HERE

Estimate: $350-$500

Another item from Goldfinger, and another iconic pose by Sean Connery. The photo is signed by Connery, sending you some “best wishes.” Another very classic piece for your office, whose visitors will be impressed and will want to steal it. (Note: Already past the low estimate.)

VIEW LOT #66 HERE

Estimate: $350-$430

Remember the George Lazenby Bond? That’s okay—he doesn’t remember you, either. Here’s a color photo to remind you of the Lazenby era and signed by the actor, featuring the Aston Martin DB5 in the picture. Strangely enough, this poster doesn’t include a movie title, but does include the actor’s last name. Now that we think about it, it would have been great if there was a Bond film just titled Lazenby, with no other context. In case you don’t remember Lazenby, he played Bond in just one film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which opened in 1969. He still holds the record for the shortest tenure as a Bond actor.

VIEW LOT #65 HERE

Estimate: $430-$570

A classic Bond starter pack, if there ever was one: Four novels including two editions of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and From Russia, With Love, plus seven signed Bond film actress photographs and publicity images featuring actresses Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Maud Adams, Maryam D’Abo and Caroline Munro. Each signed photo dedicated “To Brendan.”

VIEW LOT #15 HERE

Estimate: $350-$500

The Roger Moore era has its fans, and this auction has something for them. But it’s not from the Bond franchise at all—it’s actually from The Persuaders TV series that, among other things, featured an Aston Martin DBS. Moore played Lord Brett Sinclair in the series. This action series, which will be more familiar to U.K. residents, seems charmingly dated now, but is fun to watch and pretend that it’s really a Bond series and Bond is merely posing as Lord Brett Sinclair.

VIEW LOT #69 HERE

Estimate: $430-$570

Here’s another classic pose, with Sean Connery’s Bond leaning on the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. This Furka Pass scene is cool to the point that we even forgot what this car sequence was about, but we want this signed photo (and its certificate of authenticity) badly. (Note: Already past the top estimate.)

VIEW LOT #76 HERE

Estimate: $500-$780

Here’s a framed display of three signed photos by Bond film actresses including Ursula Andress, Tania Mallet (with a Ford Mustang from Goldfinger), and Shirley Eaton. Wait, when was there was a Ford Mustang in Goldfinger? Clearly, we haven’t seen that film in a while, but we remember the Aston Martin sequence in Furka Pass (see above).

VIEW LOT #86 HERE

Estimate: $430-$710

An Aston Martin V8 will make a surprise return in No Time to Die, and this lot is a photo of the car with Daniel Craig, signed by the actor. That’s right: This is from a movie that’s not even out yet… but you can already buy a signed photo from the film that looks vintage.

VIEW LOT #84 HERE

Estimate: $430-$570

Goldeneye, in addition to being a video game that was ahead of its time, was also a film. And Pierce Brosnan drove an Aston Martin DB5 in that film. He just didn’t drive it very long because that movie had a BMW Z3 to promote. This lot offers a shot from the set with a hood-mounted camera, along with Pierce Brosnan’s signature in an inset paper piece.

VIEW LOT #79 HERE

Estimate: $430-$710

Connery-era Bond coupled with an Aston Martin and a Connery signature is a surefire way to make your friends jealous, and that’s what this lot offers with three framed photos, two of them being with the Goldfinger DB5. This is the Bond era that all others have been desperately trying to recapture, with gratuitous appearances by Aston Martin cars, so it’s best just to go do the original. (Note: Already past the top estimate.)

VIEW LOT #83 HERE

Estimate: $350-$500

The Brosnan era seems almost retro now, with its baggy suits and BMWs. But there were some Aston Martins here and there. In this lot of two photos, Brosnan poses with the Vanquish from Die Another Day, with the photo signed by the actor. The second photo in the lot (not shown) is a photo of the de-cloaked Vanquish, signed by Q actor John Cleese.

VIEW LOT #63 HERE

Estimate: $1,100-$1,700

A 1:8 scale replica of the DB5 from Goldfinger, complete with various working gizmos, sounds like just the thing to buy for yourself and tinker with on your office table to escape the daily grind, but this metal and plastic model by Eaglemoss is neither small nor inexpensive. The upside is, the service bills for the scale model won’t be exorbitant, as opposed to an actual DB5. This one is #15 out of 200 made. (Note: Already well past the top estimate.)

VIEW LOT #40 HERE

Estimate: $350-$490

Somehow, Thunderball never seemed to be among the more popular Connery-era films, but it still featured Connery and it still featured as Aston Martin DB5, so you couldn’t really complain. This item is a photo signed by Connery, picturing him and actress Molly Peters.

VIEW LOT #64 HERE


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