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    Wednesday, October 5th, 2022
    NO TIME TO DIE ASTON MARTIN DB5 STUNT CAR. © Photographer Max Earey

    On October 5 – James Bond Day – Christie’s and EON Productions’ two part official charity sale Sixty Years of James Bond concluded with Part I and Part II making a total of £6,874,494 which will benefit over 45 charities.  Comprising a total of 61 lots overall, which were 100% sold, spanning the 25 films to date, the sale as a whole featured vehicles, watches, costumes, props, posters, memorabilia and experiences. This result surpasses not only all previous official Christie’s 007 sale totals, but also the combined total of £4,812,525 for all three previous sales. The top lot of the live sale was the No Times to Die Aston Martin Replica DBS stunt car which made £2,922,000. It was sold to benefit The Prince’s Trust; The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund; and three charities supporting serving and former members of the UK Special Forces.


    Sunday, August 7th, 2022
    Sean Connery as James Bond in a Goldfinger poster (1964). © 1964 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

    Fast cars, beautiful women and no less than six James Bonds over a 60 year span add up to exciting sales with much to entice and  little not to like at Christie’s.  If your taste runs to Aston Martin stunt cars, a gold-plated and Swarovski-encrusted prop egg commissioned from Asprey in the style of Fabergé, a Q Jet boat or a five night stay at Goldeneye, Ian Fleming’s Jamaican villa, then these are the auctions for you. Villains, temptresses and heroes don’t come cheap but it is all for worthy causes with no less than 45 charities set to benefit.

    To mark the 60th anniversary of the James Bond films, Christie’s and EON Productions will hold an official two-part charity sale next month and into October.  There will be 60 lots to mark the sale of  Sixty Years of James Bond.The cream of the crop is at a live auction of 25 lots on September 28.  This will be by invitation only to bid in person in the room with fans and collectors able to bid online or on the telephone. The auction will comprise vehicles, watches, costumes and props associated with the 25th film No Time to Die.  The final six lots will celebrate each of the six actors who have played Bond: Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Each lot will be sold to benefit a charity chosen personally by the respective actor or their estates. An online sale opens for bidding on September 15 and will run until James Bond Day on October 5. This will comprise 35 lots from the 25 films including posters, props, costumes, memorabilia and experiences.

    Daniel Craig driving  an Aston Martin DB5 stunt car. © 2021 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc

    A silver birch Aston Martin DB5 stunt car, one of eight stunt replicas built for the film No Time to Die and fitted with ‘Q Branch’ modifications is the top lot. As the only DB5 stunt car to be released for sale this ultimate Bond collector’s prize is estimated at £1,500,000-£2,000,000 (€1.79 million-€2.38 million). Proceeds will benefit  The Prince’s Trust in its work with young people and the Prince of Wales charitable fund support for former members of the three  intelligence agencies and UK special forces.Two further No Time to Die Aston Martins come up, a 1981 V8 driven by Daniel Craig and a DBS Superleggera special edition.  Two Land Rover Defenders and a Range Rover from the film will be offered along with a Jaguar XF featured in stunt scenes.  Memorabilia includes Omega watches, Primo’s bionic eyeball, a Tom Ford dinner suit worn by Craig to a SPECTRE party, a Navy tactical costume worn by Lashana Lynch as Nomi.A clapperboard signed by Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Naomie Harris, Linus Sandgren, Billy Magnussen, Hans Zimmer, Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell will be sold to benefit  Medecins Sans Frontiers.  It is estimated at £5,000-£7,000 (€5,952-€8,333).The online sale includes an otherwise unobtainable Champagne Bollinger experience celebrating a 40 year partnership  of Bollinger as the official champagne of 007. Eurostar to Paris, lunch at the former home of Madame Bollinger  hosted by her great nephew Etienne Bizot, an overnight stay at the Hotel le Bristol in Paris and a 1985 poster for A View to a Kill.There is sheet music signed by Sir Paul McCartney for Live and Let Die, a drax crew belt buckle from Moonraker, a cello case sled from The Living Daylights, a Michael Kors satchel used by Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, a Day of the Dead Aztec skeleton puppet from Spectre and a clock used by Judi Dench as M with a nuclear locator card. The last three official Christie’s 007 auctions have raised over €6 million for charity.

    James Bond (Timothy Dalton) and Kara’s (Maryam D’Abo) cello case sled  THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS © 1987 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.


    Friday, February 19th, 2016

    The Aston Martin DB10 with Daniel Craig.

    The Aston Martin DB10 with Daniel Craig.

    The top lot at the first part of Christie’s sale of James Bond Spectre Memorabilia in London last night was Bond’s Aston Martin which made £2,434,500.  The sale realised £2,785,500.  All profitable proceeds are for charity.  The auction of ten lots was to celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Spectre on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February  22.  Proceeds are for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).  Registered bidders from 25 countries across four continents took part.   Afterwards producer Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented that they were truly delighted that the money raised will help vital medical projects in South Sudan, Syria and Yemen and thanked Aston Martin for donating the Aston Martin DB10.  It is one of a series designed and engineered exclusively for James Bond Spectre. The Day of the Dead costume worn by Daniel Craig made £98,500.  Spectre is the 24th film in the James Bond series.

    The online-only auction of 14 lots, James Bond Spectre: Online, remains open for bidding until February 23 at  Estimates are from £1,000 to £7,000.

    (See post on for January 21, 2016)


    Thursday, January 21st, 2016

    Aston Martin anyone?

    Aston Martin anyone?  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £2,434,500

    To mark the 24th James Bond film there is to be a charity online auction with 24 lots at Christie’s.  Christie’s, EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will offer memorabilia from Spectre to celebrate its release on Digital HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD. A live auction and an online-only sale will together present 24 lots of Spectre memorabilia direct from the archives of EON Productions, with unique donations from Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Jesper Christensen and Sam Smith.

    The online-only sale will offer 14 lots and open for bidding from February 16 to to February 23 at The invitation-only live auction will be held on February 18 in London with ten lots accessible by internet and telephone bids. The live auction will be highlighted by the Aston Martin DB10, one of a series designed for the James Bond films.  Most were modified for filming, but two were kept back for show purposes. This is one of them and it is estimated at £1-1.5 million. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).


    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

    Roger Moore with that Rolex and Jane Seymour. © 1973 Danjaq, LLC & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved. (Click on image to enlarge).

    JAMES Bond aficionados might be stirred by the lure of his Rolex from the 1973 film Live and Let Die.  Modified by Q the Rolex ref 5513, the most memorable watch to appear in film, comes up at Christie’s sale of important watches in Geneva on November 14.   The submariner watch features a bezel spinning at high  at high speed to cut ropes and chains.

    In Live and Let Die it bore an ultra strong magnet designed to neutralise bullets. 007 used it to unzip Ms. Solitaire’s dress.  The Rolex was modified for Bond by the brilliant film production designer Syd Cain and the lot is to be sold together with an original construction drawing and two signed images from the set.  (est: SFr. 200,000 – 400,000 –  Euro 163,000- 327,000).

    UPDATE: IT MADE 219,000 SWISS FRANCS, $243,959.