Sixty Years of James Bond

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New Delhi: To mark the 60th anniversary of the James Bond films, Christie’s and EON Productions will hold an official two-part charity sale, Sixty Years of James Bond, in September 2022, presenting a total of 60 lots.

Attendance at the live auction on 28 September is by invitation only to bid in person, with fans and collectors worldwide able to bid online using Christie’s Live, via telephone bidding, or by leaving an absentee bid. Featuring 25 lots, the live sale will comprise vehicles, watches, costumes, and props associated with the 25th film No Time To Die with the final six lots offered to celebrate each of the six James Bonds.

The Earl of Snowdon, Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMEA, said: “One of my earliest childhood memories is obsessively playing with a diecast Aston Martin DB5, a gift that had been brought home by my parents from the premiere of Goldfinger. From that moment on I was fascinated by each new Bond film, the special effects, stunts and Bond’s watches, and incredible style.

“I was even lucky enough to experience the school run in my father’s DB5. The British legend that is Bond has had a great influence on my life. It is an honor for Christie’s to be partnering once again with EON Productions to present this two-part official charity sale celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Bond. The incredible landmark life and online auctions will hopefully raise record sums for all the wonderful charitable causes chosen.”

The live auction on September 28 will conclude with six lots which each represent one 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 actors or their estates.

Vehicles: Aston Martin, Jaguar & Land Rover

The top lot of the sale is a silver birch Aston Martin DB5 stunt car, one of eight stunt replicas built for the film by Aston Martin and fitted with ‘Q Branch’ modifications. This is the only DB5 stunt car to be released for sale and as the ultimate Bond collector’s prize is estimated to sell for between 1,500,000 pounds and 2,000,000 pounds. The proceeds will benefit The Prince’s Trust in its work with young people and the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund’s support of charities assisting serving and former members of the three Intelligence Agencies and UK Special Forces.

Two further No Time To Die Aston Martins will be offered. The first, a 1981 Aston Martin V8, one of just three modified specifically for No Time To Die, driven by Daniel Craig in the film; it is being sold to benefit the United Kingdom for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s National Partner in the UK supporting humanitarian relief operations for people displaced by the Ukraine conflict

Two Land Rover Defenders and a Range Rover will be offered, led by a Land Rover Defender 110 featured in stunt scenes in No Time To Die, sold to benefit the British Red Cross

A No Time To Die Range Rover Sport SVR Stunt Car is being sold to benefit the London Screen Academy and Into Film.

Chosen as a perfect chase car, the sale also includes a Jaguar XF featured in stunt scenes which is being sold to benefit Carnegie Science.

Watches: No Time to Die

Two OMEGA watches from No Time To Die are offered. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition, a titanium automatic diver’s military style wristwatch with mesh bracelet worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond and designed with input from Craig and the filmmakers; it is being sold to benefit TIME’S UP UK.

The OMEGA Aqua Terra 150m, worn by Daniel Craig in the opening sequence is a striking watch with a blue dial that recalls OMEGA’s rich maritime heritage and Bond’s naval background; it is being sold to benefit Orbis.

Memorabilia: No Time to Die

Examples of the memorabilia offered include, from left to right: Primo’s bionic eyeball in the cradle with velvet cushion and plate benefitting BAFTA (estimate: 4,000-6,000 pounds). A Tom Ford two-piece dinner suit with Crockett & Jones shoes, worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond to attend a SPECTRE party (one of four worn by Craig in the film, the others retained by the EON Archive). As part of this lot, Tom Ford will also supply the winning bidder with a made-to-measure dinner suit – benefitting National Youth Theatre (estimate: 25,000-30,000 pounds). A clapperboard, signed by Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Naomie Harris, Linus Sandgren, Billy Magnussen, Hans Zimmer, Billie Eilish, and Finneas O’Connell – benefitting Medecins Sans Frontieres

The online sale will be open for bidding from 15 September until James Bond Day on October 5 presenting 35 lots spanning the twenty-five films with posters, props, costumes, memorabilia, and experiences.

IANS

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