007 turns 60 this year. The actors behind the James Bond franchise are celebrating with a charity auction. At the London auction house Christie’s, a wide collection of props and costumes is under the hammer.
For Christie’s it is already the fourth 007 auction they are co-organizing. The previous times that brought in a total amount of just over five million euros. That the sale will continue to attract a lot of interest – and deep pockets – is no doubt since actor Daniel Craig retired as James Bond. After five films, the British actor said goodbye to the character in the Bond film no time to die. The most coveted items from the film, which appeared last year, make up the bulk of the items up for auction.
The big eye-catcher is the Aston Martin DB5, the specially designed stunt car that Craig drove in the film and which is based on the model from Casino generous. Eight of the car were made, but only one is sold to the public. The car is in its ‘original condition’, namely the one where there are scratches in the paintwork and the headlights are machine guns. The estimated value of the silver Aston Martin is between 1.6 and 2.2 million euros.
Also Daniel Craig’s two-piece suit by designer Tom Ford, several luxury watches and the prom dress of actress Ana de Armas from no time to die go under the hammer. For fans of motorsports and motorsports, there’s a $33,000 Triumph Scrambler, and other Aston Martins priced up to $785,000.
Also from Craig’s predecessors – such as Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan – props from the previous Bond films are sold. This is how you can hatch the golden egg from 11,000 euros octopussy tap on the head. Or George Lazenby’s watch off On her majesty’s service, which came out exactly fifty years ago. With a value of 67,000 euros, it is immediately the most expensive timepiece at the auction.
Still on the menu: Timothy Dalton’s black suit off License to killa collection of bow ties by Daniel Craig and the mask Rami Malek wore as the antagonist in no time to die.
The proceeds of the auction, which starts Wednesday evening, will go to several charities. They were chosen by the living 007 actors and the filmmakers. The fund of the British Crown Prince William, Unicef and various culture and hospitals, among others, will receive a share of the profits.