James Bond 60th anniversary charity auctions raise over £11.5 million

A series of James Bond memorabilia auctions to mark the franchise’s 60th anniversary raised a record £11.5million.

The auctions included a total of 61 lots of vehicles, watches, costumes, props, posters and memorabilia from the 25 Bond films to date.

Registered bidders from 28 countries took part in the auctions, which were organized by auction house Christie’s.

The latest two-part charity sale ended on Wednesday raising a total of £6,874,494.

This result not only beats all previous official Christie’s 007 sales totals, but also the total of all three previous sales of £4,812,525, bringing the total for the four official charity auctions to £11,687,019.

Among the best-selling lots was a replica Aston Martin DB5 stunt car from the franchise’s latest offering, No Time To Die, which was sold to the Prince’s Trust charity for £2,922,000.

A second Aston Martin V8, also from No Time To Die, sold for £630,000 and a Swarovski crystal-encrusted, green enamelled and gold-plated prop egg from the 1983 Roger Moore film Octopussy sold for £327,600.

Elsewhere, a full set of Ian Fleming works, an autographed Casino Royale script and a navy Tom Ford suit worn by Daniel Craig in 2015’s Spectre all raked in hefty sums.

Other items included posters, production items, and various costume pieces worn by Craig and other franchise stars over the years.

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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of James Bond films, Christie’s and EON Productions are holding a charity auction, Sixty Years of James Bond, with a total of 60 lots. The live sale (September 28th) includes vehicles, watches, costumes and props related to the 25th film No Time To Die, six lots offered to celebrate each of the six James Bonds. The online sale is open for bids in celebration of James Bond Day on October 5th and will feature 35 lots from the 25 films, complete with posters, props, costumes and memorabilia.

Christie’s said 100% of the items had been sold.

Bond bosses Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are delighted with the exceptional success of the sale of Christie’s, benefiting over 45 charities doing incredibly important work.

“Thank you to those who bid at the live and online auction and to all the James Bond fans who have supported us over the past 60 years.”

The Earl of Snowdon, Honorary Chairman of Christie’s EMEA, commented: “In this year of James Bond’s 60th anniversary, it has been an honor for Christie’s to once again partner with EON Productions to help more charities than ever before.

“We can’t think of a more uplifting and inspiring way to celebrate James Bond Day than to share the news of this record-breaking result that will help so many people.

“We thank everyone involved from the bottom of our hearts for their generosity.”

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