James Bond’s Aston Martin May Raise $239,000 for Charity
A 2008 Aston Martin V12 DBS used by Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace” sold last night for 241,250 pounds ($389,280) at a James Bond memorabilia auction.
The car, estimated to sell for between 100,000 pounds and 150,000 pounds, was the most expensive of 11 lots being auctioned live by Christie’s International, London, in front of an invitation-only VIP audience of 600 people. It was bought by an unidentified bidder on the telephone.
This six-liter Aston “plays a dramatic role in the opening sequence of the film, in which Bond skillfully navigates winding roads,” Christie’s said in an e-mailed release.
All the 007-related material came direct from the archives of EON Productions. Proceeds, including Christie’s fees, were donated to a range of charities. Barnardo’s will benefit from the sale of the Aston Martin.
The event marks “Global James Bond Day” and 50 years of Bond movies. The latest film, “Skyfall,” arrives in November.
A pair of La Perla swimming trunks worn by Craig in “Casino Royale” sold for a further 44,450 pounds ($71,725) against a low estimate of 3,000 pounds. Bidders on this lot were encouraged in the room by the actors Judi Dench, who plays M, and Samantha Bond, who is known for her role as Miss Moneypenny.
The second-highest price of the evening was the 157,250 pounds given for an Omega Automatic Seamaster Professional “Planet Ocean” watch worn by Craig in “Skyfall.” It had been estimated at 6,000 pounds to 8,000 pounds.
Former 007 Roger Moore was on the rostrum to sell the orchestral score for “Skyfall.” Signed by the singer Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth, this sold for 13,750 pounds.
The live sale raised 752,050 pounds from just 11 lots. A further 42 lots of Bond memorabilia are being offered by Christie’s in an online sale that ends at 2 p.m. local time on Oct. 8. As of yesterday, that event had already raised a further 360,000 pounds, said Christie’s.
These online lots include a belt with golden-bullet buckle worn by Christopher Lee as Scaramanga in “The Man With the Golden Gun”; a charcoal suit worn by Pierce Brosnan in “The World Is Not Enough”; and a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses worn by Craig in “Quantum of Solace.”
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