James Bond Walther gun auctions for $300,000 at Profiles in History



2015-06-26 13:22:57

James Bond Walther gun auctions for $300,000 at Profiles in History

James Bond's Walther gun was joined by Indiana Jones' whip at the California sale

James Bond's Walther gun top performed atday two of Profiles in History's Hollywood Auction, which was held yesterday (July 29) in Calabasas Hills, California.

James Bond Walther gun In 2010 the air gun setthe record for the most valuable James Bond gun ever sold at auction

The gun, which isseen in publicity shots for four Bond films, most notably From Russia with Love,sold for $300,000.

The gun was a last minute replacement in the publicity shoot, after it was discovered that the organisers had forgotten to bring Bond's familiar Walther PPK. Thankfully, photographer David Hurn practised air pistol target shooting and replaced the gun with his own, longer-barrelled Walther.

The air gun was last seen at auction at Sotheby's in December 2012, when it made 121,250 ($195,672). However, prior to this, it sold at Christie's in 2010 for 277,250 ($437,501), making a 1,036% increase on its pre-sale estimate of 20,000 and setting the world record for a James Bond gun.

We are currently selling Sean Connery's autograph and a signed photograph of Daniel Craig as James Bond.

The whip used in all three of the 1980s Indiana Jones films saw heated bids, selling for $114,000 against a $60,000 high estimate - a 58.3% increase. This is the whip seen in close up shots and not the stunt whip, of which there are several examples.

Day one of the auction was highlighted by the sale of a huge collection of costumes from The Sound of Music, as well as Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz and Charlie Chaplin's cane.

See our fantastic selection of signed photographs and autographs for sale.

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