Christie's online charity auction celebrates 60 years of Bond with 60 007-related lots…
By John Howell / Friday, 29 July 2022 / Loading comments
Everyone loves a bit of Bond, don’t they? Well, if you do, then be warned: Christie’s is offering you the opportunity to beat the living daylights (see what I did there?) out of your wallet with part two of its charity auction of Bond memorabilia. It’s 60 lots celebrating 60 years of Bond, with the profits going to 45 many and varied charities – they cover the film industry, children’s charities, hospitals, Grenfell and the Prince’s Trust. It’s all in a good cause, then.
The lots being offered are varied, too. Six of them celebrate each of the stars who have played 007. Sir Sean Connery’s lot is a five-night stay at Fleming’s Golden Eye Villa and a facsimile of the Dr No script (£30k-£50k). George Lazenby’s represented by two OHMSS celebration limited-edition Omega Seamaster watches, signed by the man himself (£40k-£60k). Timothy Dalton’s offering is a signed, single-breasted tux worn by him in Licence To Kill, along with poker chips used in Licence To Kill and Golden Eye (£6k-£10k). And can buy Piers Brosnan’s Q Jet Boat from The World Is Not Enough (£20k-£30k), or Danial Craig’s Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE from No Time To Die (£20k-£30k).
My personal favourite, though, and by quite a margin, is the prop Fabergé egg from Octopussy. It’s gold plated, encrusted with Swarovski crystals and was made by Asprey (£6k-£10k). I’d really love that; what a talking point when someone pops round to tea.
Of course, there are the cars as well. Many of them, in fact, and all relate to No Time To Die. Some were in it, such as the replica Aston Martin DB5 stunt car. How about that? It’s fitted with all the Q Branch mods and is one of eight replicas built for the film, but the only one to have been released for sale (£1.5m-£2m). Too spicy for you? Well, how about one of the three Aston Martin V8s that were modified for the shoot (£500k-£700k), or a DBS Superleggera No Time To Die limited edition? The latter has a plaque engraved with the signatures of the producers (Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli) and Lashana Lynch, who played Naomi in the film. And it’s an identical spec to the film car and one of 25 made (£300k-£400k).
Aston’s not to your taste? Then there are several JLR products going under the gavel, too. Two Defender 110s: one with VIN #007 that was used for stunts and promotional work (£300k-£500k); the other a 007 60th Anniversary model inspired by the film (£200k-£300k). The other stunt cars are the Range Rover Sport SVR (£80k-£120k) and the Jaguar XF (£50k-£70k) that appeared in the film.
If you’re looking for something at the cheaper end of the market, then they include two 1973 EON Productions posters from Live And Let Die (£1,000-£1,500) and a Drax Industries evil henchman belt buckle from the 1979 film Moonraker (£1,500-£2,500). Almost something for all budgets, then. The online auction begins on September 15th and ends on October 5th.
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