Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Items of James Bond Memorabilia With the announcement of 'Skyfall' as the 23rd James Bond film, Wikicollecting takes a look at the most valuable pieces of Bond memorabilia to ever appear at auction.
News-Antique.com - Nov 03,2011 - 10. Signed From Russia With Love manuscript – $65,000
An Ian Fleming signed manuscript regarding From Russia With Love sold for $65,000 at Profiles in History in 2008.
The seven lined pages from circa 1963 detail Fleming’s experiences on the set of From Russia With Love in Istanbul.
9. Signed first British edition of You Only Live Twice novel – $70,000
A signed first British edition of Ian Fleming’s 1964 work You Only Live Twice sold for $70,000 at a Profiles in History auction in 2008.
Fleming inscribed the novel for US ornithologist James Bond, whose book, Birds of the West Indies, had given Fleming the inspiration for the character’s name.
"To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity”, Fleming wrote.
Children’s author Roald Dahl, who adapted the book for the 1967 film, said that the original novel was “Fleming’s worst book, with no plot in it which would even make a movie".
8. Odd Job’s bowler hat – £62,000
The steel-tipped bowler hat worn and thrown by Odd Job in Goldfinger (1964) sold for £62,000 at a Christie’s auction in 1998.
7. Signed first edition of Moonraker novel – $102,000
The first edition of Ian Fleming’s third Bond novel, Moonraker, published in 1955, sold for $102,000 at Sotheby’s in 2004. Fleming inscribed the book to crime writer Raymond Chandler.
Chandler in turn proceeded to write notes in the margins of the copy, including “all Padding” on the first page of text.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. 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.
3. 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.
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
The Aston Martin DB5 used in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) sold