On September 28, live auction from Christie’s and EON Productions, Sixty Years of James Bond: Part One, raised a total of £6.1 million (US$6.5 million) for 45 charities. Ranging from vehicles and costumes to props and memorabilia, the 25 iconic Bond film-related lots were sold, where many of them sold well beyond expectations.
The highlight lot of the sale was the Aston Martin DB5 stunt car replica of no time to die (2021), selling for an impressive £2.9 million (about US$3.2 million) against a low estimate of £1.5 million.
The entrance to the auction room has been delicately decorated
To celebrate 007’s 60th birthday on the big screen, the London auction house has been delicately decorated, appearing almost like a scene from a film. Film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson also joined the audience and bid with a special “007” paddle number.
The lively auctions have seen many lots go for several or even tens of times their estimated prices. The Fabergé egg from the 1983 film Octopusfor example, fetched 43 times its low estimate of £6,000 and grossed nearly £330,000 (about US$367,000) with fees.
Batch 22 | Octopus (1983) | A Fabergé-style Swarovski crystal, green enamel and gold-plated prop egg, commissioned from Asprey, London
Hammer price: £260,000
One of the most iconic Bond film props, the Fabergé egg made its first appearance in Ian Fleming’s short story in 1963 A lady’s property. In the story, James Bond has been sent to attend an egg auction in London, where his already expensive price is deliberately raised by one-upmanship as a reward for the sender – a Soviet informant and triple agent. .
After being serialized in Playboy, the plot was adapted for the 1983 film Octopus. James Bond – played by Sir Roger Moore for the sixth time – has been sent to an auction house to exchange the Fabergé egg for a replica. He then engaged in a bidding war with an exiled Afghan prince named Kamal Khan, pushing the price of the counterfeit to £500,000. “Let’s see how badly he wants it,” Bond jokes during the sale.
The jewel-like green and gold egg was commissioned by Peter Lamont, the film’s production designer, who asked Asprey Jewelers to create two Fabergé-style pieces, which after extensive research were based on the russian coronation egg made in 1897. .
Batch 7 | No Time to Die (2021) | Aston Martin Replica DB5 Stunt Car
Estimate: £1,500,000 – 2,000,000
Hammer price: £2,400,000
One of eight built specifically for No time to die, it is to date the only DB5 stunt car to go on sale. Debuted in the 1964 film, The golden fingerthis car also appeared in no time to die – driven by Daniel Craig.
Aston Martin has been associated with the James Bond franchise for over 50 years and has starred in 13 films to date. All DB5 stunt cars have been exclusively designed and handcrafted for use, while this current car is one of the few to include the bespoke no time to die simulated side panel gadgets and damage.
Driven by Sean Connery, the Aston Martin DB5 first appeared in the James Bond film, The golden finger (1964)
This current car is fitted with a modern 3.2 liter inline 6-cylinder petrol engine along with a manual gearbox to maximize the dynamic capability of the stunt car. The body panels are all carbon fiber, while the handcrafted interior has been crafted from carbon fiber and includes Tillett sports coupe stunt seats. A machine gun is also concealed under the headlights.
Its suspension and braking system are bespoke and have been specially designed by Aston Martin Special Projects. Guided by UK special effects supervisor Chris Corbould on what was expected of the car on set, the Aston Martin Special Projects team then developed a new suspension and braking system. This made the car capable of its jaw-dropping stunt performance.
Proceeds from the sale of the car are donated to the Prince’s Trust and the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund.
The Aston Martin DB5 is designed to perform different stunts
A pair of machine guns sits under the car’s two headlights
Batch 11 | No Time to Die (2021) | Aston Martin V8
Hammer price: £500,000
The second best lot belongs to this 1981 Aston Martin V8, which was hammered at £500,000 and sold for £630,000 (about US$682,000) after fees. It is one of three modified specifically for James Bond No time to die, and one of the cars driven by Daniel Craig in the film. It was filmed in Norway, Italy, London, Scotland and England.
It is similar to the iconic car that was first seen in 1987 Living daylights. Launched 10 years before Timothy Dalton’s Bond debut, the Aston Martin V8 was both the fastest four-seater production car of its day and Britain’s first proper car. supercar – equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, capable of reaching a top speed of 270 kilometers per hour.
When the film company selected James Bond’s car, it chose to work with Aston Martin. The executive chairman of the luxury car manufacturing company, Victor Gauntlett, provided his car for the shoot.
The Aston Martin V8 used in Living daylights (1987) had an open top design
The vehicle also reappeared in no time to die (2021)
Batch 19 | No Time to Die (2021) | Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 007 special edition
Estimate: £300,000 – £400,000
Hammer price: £320,000
In no time to die, female agent Nomi took on the role of 007 after James Bond’s retirement. To celebrate the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera featured in the film, Aston Martin has created a unique 007 edition, with the same specifications driven by Nomi. Only 25 cars were made and all sold out instantly.
Unlike the production cars, this DBS has a one-of-a-kind plate with engraved signatures of Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and actor Lashana Lynch. Proceeds from this lot are donated to the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Batch 3 | No Time to Die (2021) | Omega, Seamaster Diver Edition 300m 007, a titanium automatic military style wristwatch with mesh strap
Estimate: £15,000 – £20,000
Hammer price: £180,000
Since the release of golden eye in 1995, Omega Seamaster remained the ultimate Bond watch, becoming the only brand to adorn the secret agent’s wrist.
In fact, Omega Seamaster has a long association with the British Armed Forces. In the 1960s, Omega was the biggest supplier of watches to the Royal Navy and the army. Originally a military watch, Omega Seamaster was chosen by James Bond – a British spy – for good reason.
The watch offered for auction is the Seamaster Diver 300M worn by Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond in no time to die (2021). It was his go-to watch while living in Jamaica, playing a prominent role from then on. Designed with input from Craig and the filmmakers, the wristwatch is purpose-built in titanium, making it lightweight yet sturdy – perfect for an undercover agent who’s always on an action-packed mission.
Other flagship lots:
Batch 25 | No Time to Die (2021) | Triumph Scrambler 1200XE
Hammer price: £110,000
Batch 24 | The World Is Not Enough (1999) | Jet Boat Q
Hammer price: £100,000
Batch 14 | No Time to Die (2021) | Omega, Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m
Estimate: £15,000 – £20,000
Hammer price: £95,000
Batch 2 | no time to die (2021) | SPECTER Primo agent’s bionic eyeball, with cradle, velvet cushion and plate
Estimate: £4,000 – £6,000
Hammer price: £35,000
Auction house: Christie’s London
Sale: Sixty Years of James Bond: Part I – Live Auction
Date: September 28, 2022
Number of batches: 25
Sell rate: 100%
Total sale: £6,103,500