RESULTS: Pop Culture-Film and Entertainment Memorabilia

Pop Culture:

Film and Entertainment Memorabilia

South Kensington – Thursday, 25 November 2010

Sale no: 5570 – Top Three

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]






Lots Sold: 93

Lots Offered: 139

Sold by Lot: 67%

Sold by £: 68%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.578  /  €1.182





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price



From Russia With Love, 1963

A Walther air pistol held by Sean Connery as James Bond in the photo-shoot used for the main image in the poster and advertising campaign for the 1963 United Artists/Eon film From Russia With Love






King Kong, 1933

A rare Armature/Skeleton designed by Willis O'Brien for the miniature model of a Brontosaurus dinosaur in the 1933 RKO Studios' masterpiece of stop-motion animation King Kong


£25,000 $39,450



2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

A machine tooled aluminium plate with circular cut opening and perforated speaker section to lower edge believed to have been made as one of the front panels that held the television camera "red-eye" of the sentient on-board Heuristcally programmed ALgorithmic 9000 computer on the 'Discovery One' spacecraft in Arthur C. Clarke (writer) and Stanley Kubrick's (Director/writer) 1968 Warner Bros. film 2001: A Space Odyssey


£17,500 $27,615




Comment: Neil Roberts, Head of Popular Culture:

“We are very pleased with the results of the sale. The world record price achieved for the James Bond gun demonstrates the great International appeal of the Bond franchise. The films have now been running since 1962, are loved by generations, and have a truly global appeal as illustrated by the diversity of bidding seen today. The market for James Bond memorabilia is well-established, and continues to grow – another highlight of the sale was a .41 (Rimfire) Remington Arms Derringer gun used by Knick Knack in The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974, which sold for £15,000.

The sale generated significant global interest, particularly from young collectors, and a total of 41% of lots were sold or directly underbid online via Christie’s LIVE.”


Press Contact:

Leonie Ashfield                     020 7752 3121              

Next Sale Date:

The next sale to be held by the Popular Culture department will be Vintage Film Posters on 1 December 2010.

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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.