SPECTRE – THE AUCTION
AT CHRISTIE’S THIS FEBRUARY
24 LOTS OF JAMES BOND MEMORABILIA CELEBRATE THE 24TH BOND FILM
RELEASED ON DIGITAL HD, BLU-RAYTM & DVD
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF),
OTHER CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS
& THE UNITED NATIONS MINE ACTION SERVICE (UNMAS)
London – Christie’s, EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present a rare opportunity to acquire memorabilia from the 24th film in the James Bond series this February to celebrate the release of Spectre on Digital HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD. A live auction and an online-only sale will together present 24 lots of Spectre memorabilia direct from the archives of EON Productions, with unique donations from Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Jesper Christensen and Sam Smith. The online-only sale will offer 14 lots and open for bidding from Tuesday 16 to Tuesday 23 February at christies.com/spectreonline. The invitation-only live auction will be held on Thursday 18 February at Christie’s King Street and will offer 10 lots, accessible to all via both internet and telephone bids. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
The live auction on 18 February is led by an Aston Martin DB10, one of the series of DB10s designed and engineered by Aston Martin exclusively for James Bond, Spectre, illustrated top left. Most of the DB10s were modified for use in the filming of Spectre, but two of those produced were kept back as show cars, for display purposes only, and this is one of them*. The car is expected to realise between £1,000,000 and £1,500,000 and is to date the only DB10 to be released for public sale by EON Productions and Aston Martin. This is the only car that includes a special plaque signed by Daniel Craig and was displayed at the world premiere of Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Aston Martin has been associated with the James Bond franchise for over 50 years, with the DB10 model featuring in the latest Bond film, Spectre.
Further highlights in the live auction include an Omega Seamaster 300 watch, worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre (estimate: £15,000-20,000). The proceeds of this lot will be donated to UNMAS. The online-only auction features the laptop used by Ben Whishaw as Q (estimate: £4,000-6,000, illustrated left, second from top); and a pair of Tom Ford ‘Snowdon’ sunglasses worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond (estimate: £4,000-6,000, illustrated left, second from bottom).
The live auction and online-only sale will both take place in the same month that Spectre is released on Digital HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD in the U.S. (9 February) and in the UK (22 February). Included in the live auction is a Spectre Blu-rayTM, signed by Daniel Craig, which is offered together with a pair of James Bond’s blue initialed ‘JB’ Tom Ford cufflinks worn by Daniel Craig in the opening scene of the film (estimate: £3,000-5,000, illustrated page two, bottom left).
David Linley, Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMERI, commented: “As a life-long James Bond fan it gives me great pleasure for Christie’s to be part of this James Bond Spectre charity auction, celebrating the 24th film in the franchise. All proceeds of the auction will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières and other charitable organisations. We are proud to continue Cubby Broccoli’s philosophy of giving something back.”
Online-only auction – christies.com/spectreonline
From Tuesday 16 February at 3 pm GMT / 10 am EST, 14 lots will be offered in an online-only auction: James Bond Spectre - Online. The online-only auction will be open for bidding for one week, closing on Tuesday 23 February from 3 pm GMT / 10 am EST. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other charitable organisations.
Live auction – Christie’s King Street
On the evening of Thursday 18 February a live charity auction, James Bond Spectre – The Auction, will offer ten lots, including an Aston Martin DB10 and an Omega Seamaster 300 watch, worn by Daniel Craig. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). The auction will be by invitation only at Christie’s King Street. Bidders can participate in the sale via telephone and Christie’s LIVETM.
Sale highlights can be viewed at www.christies.com/bond, which will be regularly updated with features.
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Notes to Editors
*This vehicle is sold as a collector’s item; for static display purposes only and not as a means of transport.
The vehicle is not roadworthy, has not been approved for use on public roads and has not undergone the testing process used for production vehicles, including but not limited to occupant safety, crash testing, durability and/or emissions of aftersales maintenance regimes.
Interested buyers are advised to contact Christie’s staff to obtain the Condition Report for this lot. While any description of the vehicle or its condition is given honestly and with appropriate care, Christie’s staff are not vehicle specialists and it is the ultimate responsibility of the buyer to carry out such inspection as the buyer thinks necessary before bidding.
The DB10 was unveiled to the public on 4 December, 2014 by Director Sam Mendes on the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios. It is to date the only DB10 to be released for public sale by EON Productions and Aston Martin. The other 9 cars will be used for exhibition and publicity by EON Productions and Aston Martin. In the film – it is revealed to Bond (Daniel Craig) by Q (Ben Whishaw) in his Mechanical Workshop – the car is intended for Agent 009 however 007 borrows it before it has been handed over – leaving Q a bottle of Bollinger in its place. He takes it to Rome to attend a funeral in pursuit of more information. Bond is later discovered having infiltrated a secret Spectre meeting and makes a speedy escape in the DB10 with henchman Hinx hot on his heels through the streets of Rome and along the River Tiber.
Public Exhibition at Christie’s King Street*: Online-only auction - christies.com/spectreonline
Monday 15 February: 9 am – 4.30 pm Tuesday 16 February – Tuesday 23 February
Tuesday 16 February: 9 am – 4.30 pm
Wednesday 17 February: 9 am – 4.30 pm Live auction - Christie’s King Street
Thursday 18 February: 9 am – 4.30 pm Thursday 18 February, 7.30 pm
*In addition, the Aston Martin DB10 is on view at Harrods, London until 28 January
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About EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.
About Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is the world’s largest emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation. We provide medical aid where it is needed most, during wars, conflicts, epidemics, following natural disasters or where people do not otherwise have access to healthcare. We have a strict no guns policy in our clinics and will treat anyone who needs medical care regardless of who they are, where they come from, their religion or political affiliation.
MSF was founded more than 40 years ago by journalists and doctors to provide medical care and to speak out about the suffering that we witnessed in the course of our work. We now have more than 30,000 people working in more than 60 countries around the world. In 2014 MSF teams provided 8,250,700 outpatient consultations and assisted 194,400 women to give birth.
We spend 80% of the money that we raise on our projects in the field, and only 6% goes towards our management and administration costs. The remaining money go towards generating fundraising to support our work. Because 89% of our fundraising comes from private sources, we can move fast in an emergency and be ready to go when people need us.
The United Nations goes where no one else goes. It provides food to 90 million people in 80 countries, vaccinates 58 per cent of the world’s children, assists over 38 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution and deploys 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on four continents. All this work comes to a standstill when explosive hazards block the way.
The United Nations Mine Action Service known as UNMAS leads in surveying and clearing explosive hazards from airports, roads, bridges and borders. UNMAS reacts rapidly, capable of deploying technical experts and equipment within days. UNMAS coordinates emergency humanitarian mine action activities to increase the impact of the international response and ensure coherent allocation of resources.
UNMAS is mandated to manage the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, the UN mechanism to direct funding to United Nations partners, national mine action entities and non-governmental organizations. For more information: UNMAS.org
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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
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