Top Five James Bond memorabilia


2015-06-26 12:59:22


Top Five James Bond memorabilia

With a huge sale at Christie's on its way, we look at the top five James Bond memorabilia

  1. Signed first edition of You Only Live Twice

You only live twice first edition"To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity"

Signed first edition works from Ian Fleming are fairly common, though can still fetch a small fortune at auction. However, this extraordinary copy was inscribed by Fleming tofellow author James Bond, whose Birds of the West Indies book inspiredhis most famous character's name.

The inscription read: "To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity". The book was sold in 2008 for an impressive $70,000.

  1. Odd Job's bowler hat

Oddjob Bowler hatWho wouldn't want to parade around in Oddjob's bowler hat?

He is one of the most recognisable "baddies" in the entire Bond series, so Odd Job's trademark bowler hat had to make our top five. Besides, who wouldn't want to wear the hat responsible for the deaths of so many henchmen in Goldfinger?

The steel-brimmed hat used in the 1964 film sold for 62,000 ($100,500) at Christie's in 1998.

  1. Diamonds Are Forever original poster artwork

Diamonds are Forever movie posterAbout as Bond as it gets

Designed by Robert E McGinnis, the artwork for the 1971 film is perhaps the one that most encapsulated the retro Bond feel that we all know and love. Featuring Sean Connery in his last (official) outing as everyone's favourite spy, surrounded by his girls and classic 1970's imagery, the poster represents all that is good about Bond.

At a Christie's poster sale in June 2011, the original poster soared past its 24,000 high estimate to achieve 79,250 ($128,738).

  1. From Russia with Love pistol

From Russia with Love pistolThe legendary Walther PPK, as sported by a shifty-looking Sean Connery

In the poster for the second ever James Bond film, released in 1963, a shifty-looking Sean Connery can be seen with Bond's trademark Walther PPK in his hand.

The samegun usedin the shootachieved remarkable results at another Christie's sale in 2010, selling for 277,250 ($450,656), more than 14 times its original valuation.

  1. Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5Starring in two Bond films, the car boasts more credits than George Lazenby

The 1964 DB5 is a beautiful car aside from its outstanding James Bond heritage. However, after appearing in both Goldfinger and Thunderball, the legendary motor is also the most iconic in Bond's dazzling array.

It sold in a US auction for $4.1m in 2010, setting a record (at the time) for the most expensive film memorabilia ever sold at auction. The lucky owner is Cincinnati banker Harry Yeaggy, who will be displaying the car at his Ohio classic car museum.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering two autographed James Bond photos in our online store. More on the upcoming Christie's sale here.

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