Live and Let Buy: James Bond auction sets record

Live and Let Buy: James Bond auction sets record

Christie's reports total haul of $7.8 million from live and online bidding

Black bow ties, signed and worn by actor Daniel Craig in the five James Bond films he starred in, are displayed prior to the
Black bow ties, signed and worn by actor Daniel Craig in the five James Bond films he starred in, are displayed prior to the "Sixty Years of James Bond" auction at Christie's auction house in London. (AFP Photo)

LONDON: A James Bond sale in London featuring the fictional superspy’s Aston Martin cars, suits and wristwatch has raised £6.9 million ($7.8 million) for charity — more than all previous 007 sales at Christie’s auction house combined.

The two-part sale by Christie’s and EON Productions to mark 60 years since the premiere of first film Dr. No concluded on Wednesday — the official James Bond Day.

The auction spanned all 25 films in the saga, featuring props, posters, memorabilia and experiences as well as the vehicles, watches, and costumes.

The live auction last month realised £6.1 million, with a replica of an Aston Martin DB5 used for the stunts in the 2021 blockbuster No Time to Die selling for nearly £3 million.

The online sale, which finished on Wednesday, added another £771,000 to the total, with top earners including a signed script of Casino Royale (£69,3000), and a suit worn by outgoing Bond actor James Craig in Skyfall (£44,100).

A menu that Bond ordered caviar from after winning a card game against supervillain Largo at a Bahamas casino in Thunderball (1965) sold for £60,480.

Proceeds from the sale will go to various charities, including Bafta, the British Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, National Youth Theatre, Refugee Action and The Prince’s Trust.

“We are delighted with the extraordinary success of the Christie’s sale which benefits over 45 charities who do incredibly important work,” said Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers at EON Productions.

Adrian Hume-Sayer, Christie’s director and head of sales, said the result was “testament to the enduring appeal of one of film’s greatest and best loved icons”.

“This is the fourth and by far the largest official James Bond charity auction on which Christie’s has been privileged to collaborate with EON Productions, we are thrilled that the money raised will benefit so many.”

The money raised surpassed the combined total for all three previous official Christie’s 007 sales, said the London auction house.

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