The first part of Christie’s charity auction of James Bond Spectre memorabilia realised £2,785,500, with ten star lots attracting bids from 25 countries across four continents. The sale was led by 007’s Aston Martin DB10, the top lot, which sold to a bidder in the saleroom for £2,434,500, after four minutes and 42 seconds of competitive bidding.
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The auction offered Bond fans and collectors the unique opportunity to acquire a piece of Spectre memorabilia direct from the archives of EON Productions, with additional donations from Bond cast members, Director Sam Mendes and Bond Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades was assisted by special guest David Walliams — the writer, comedian and actor, who encouraged ‘big bids’ from the saleroom.
A highlight of the evening, the DB10 was one of a series of cars designed and engineered by Aston Martin exclusively for James Bond, Spectre. Though most of the DB10s were modified for use in the film, this one was one of only two kept back for display purposes, and features a special plaque signed by actor Daniel Craig. To date, the car is the only DB10 to be released for public sale by EON Productions and Aston Martin.
Other highlights included James Bond’s Day of the Dead costume worn by Daniel Craig, which sold for £98,500/$140,658/€126,179 (estimate: £12,000-18,000); Oberhauser’s Spectre 9 carat gold ring worn by Christoph Waltz, which sold for £32,500/$46,410/€41,633 (estimate: £4,000-6,000); and an Omega Seamaster 300 wristwatch worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, which sold for £92,500/$132,090/€118,493 (estimate: £15,000-20,000).
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Proceeds from the sale will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), with Christie’s donating all profitable proceeds to the charities. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: ‘We are truly delighted that the money raised from tonight’s auction at Christie’s of Spectre memorabilia will help vital medical projects run by MSF in South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. We thank Aston Martin for donating the DB10 and urge anyone who has missed out tonight to bid in the online charity auction which closes on Tuesday.’
The online-only auction, James Bond Spectre: Online, remains open for bidding until 23 February, offering a further 14 lots. Estimates range from £1,000 up to £7,000, presenting James Bond fans with a rare chance to acquire special items from the 24th film in the James Bond series.
The live auction and online-only sale both take place in the same month that Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond series from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is released on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD in the US and in the UK.
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