Top 10: James Bond memorabilia
007 has now had 23 outings on the big screen and continues to attract a huge audience. Here we look at the Top 10 most expensive items of James Bond film memorabilia from the last 50 years, since the classic film franchise first began in 1962. Many of the top results were generated at Christie’s October 2012 celebratory charity auction, ’50 Years of James Bond’.### 10) Diamonds Are Forever original poster artwork – £79,250
In June 2011 the original Robert E McGinnis concept poster artwork for the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever was sold during a Christie's poster auction. It exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £18,000 to £24,000, selling for £79,250.
9) BMW Z8 Roadster from The World is Not Enough - £85,250
A pre-production replica BMW Z8 Roadster for The World is Not Enough (1999) with Pierce Brosnan as Bond sold for £85,250 at Christie’s 50th anniversary Bond auction in October 2012.
8) Poker table and props from Casino Royale - £85,250
A poker table and collection of prop poker chips, money and playing cards from The One & Only Ocean Club in Casino Royale (2006) sold for £85,250 at Christie’s 50th anniversary Bond auction in October 2012.
Astonishingly, the pre-sale estimate had been just £3,000-£5,000.
7) Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me – £111,500
The Lotus Esprit driven underwater by Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) sold at a Bonhams auction in 2008 for £111,500.
6) Omega Seamaster wristwatch - £157,250
An Omega automatic ‘Seamaster Professional – Planet Ocean’ wristwatch worn by Daniel Craig as Bond in the 2012 film Skyfall sold for £157,250 at Christie’s 50th anniversary Bond auction in October 2012.
5) 1937 Bentley from Never Say Never Again – £188,500
A 1937 Bentley 4¼-litre Drophead Coupe, driven by Sean Connery in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, sold for £188,500 at Bonhams in 2004.
Unlike most Bond films, this picture was produced by an independent company rather than Eon Productions. It saw Connery reprise his role; he had last played Bond in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever.
The film’s title is a nod to Connery’s statement in 1971 that he would never play Bond again.
4) Aston Martin Vanquish – £190,000
The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe driven by Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day (2002) sold at Bonhams for £190,000 in 2003.
3) 2008 Aston Martin DBS - £241,250
This classic Bond car from the 2008 007 film Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig as the charismatic spy sold for £241,250 at Christie’s 50th anniversary Bond auction in October 2012.
2) From Russia with Love poster pistol – £277,250
At a Christie’s sale in 2010, the Walther PPK pistol held by Sean Connery in the poster for From Russia with Love (1963) sold for £277,250, more than 14 times its original estimate.
1) Aston Martin DB5 – $4.1m (£2.8m)
The Aston Martin DB5 used in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) sold at a 2010 RM Auctions sale for $4.1m to collector Harry Yeaggy.
It was, at the time, the most expensive piece of film memorabilia ever sold at auction.
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