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    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

    Diamonds are Forever concept artwork (left), detail (centre) and the final poster design (right).

    Diamonds are Forever and posters are pretty important too.  The original concept artwork for the poster campaign of the 1971 James Bond classic Diamonds Are Forever hand-painted by Robert McGinnis leads Christie’s sale of Vintage Film Posters in London on June 15. The unique prototype offers a rare chance to own an exceptional piece of James Bond memorabilia.  It is estimated at £18,000-24,000.

    The auction spans nine decades of film making with over 300 lots of promotional material. As well as James Bond posters, Dr. No through to Never Say Never Again, a rare advance British quad for Thunderball, 1965 (£6,000-9,000), original concept artwork for View to A Kill, 1985 (£4,000-6,000), and the final poster design used for  the Eon/United Artists production Diamonds are Forever (£300-500), the sale features cinematic genres from Film Noir to Disney.

    The selection includes Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, 1967 (£300-500), Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 (£1,500-2,500), Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958 (£300-500), Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, 1959 (£4,000-6,000), as well as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Lauren Bacall and many more.


    Thursday, October 28th, 2010

    The Bond Aston Martin which sold for £2.916 million. (click to enlarge)

    THE James Bond silver Aston Martin first driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger”  was sold by RM Auctions in association with Sotheby’s in London on October 27 for £2.6 million (£2.912 million with fees). It was bought by American businessman Harry Yeaggy. He plans to display it as it is in his private car museum in Ohio.

    The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 comes complete with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates, rear bulletproof shield and other spy essentials such as an ejector button. It was used by Connery in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”.
    The seller was Philadelphia based broadcaster Jerry Lee.  He bought it directly from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory for $12,000 in 1969. Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention.