The Original Diamonds Are Forever Movie Poster
The original poster artwork for Diamond Are Forever, the classic James Bond movie of 1971, starring the best Bond till date, Sean Connery, has sold at Christie’s Vintage Film Posters auction in London for $129,495, more than three times the original estimate price of $38,000.
The original hand-painted concept artwork by Robert E McGinnis for the poster campaign was signed by the artist, and is all the more special because of the mis-spelling of actress Lana Wood’s name. Not only was this a world record price for any item of James Bond film poster memorabilia, it was also a world record price for a concept artwork at auction, according to Christie’s. Among the other sales were two posters from Sean Connery’s Bond movies – the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger which went for $9,197 and a 1965 hit Thunderball for $13,284.
James Bond’s “From Russia with Love” Walther Pistol
A Walther pistol wielded by Sean Connery as James Bond in the photo shoot used for the main image in the poster and advertising campaign for 1963’s From Russia With Love, sold for £277,250 ($437,000), easily surpassing predicted estimates.
The Walther air pistol was expected to sell for an between $23,600 – $31,500 but as the dust settled after some furious bidding it had reached an incredible $437,000, 14 times its original estimate. Part of Christie’s Popular culture: Film and Entertainment auction in London, the gun was the star lot amongst Star Wars and Superman memorabilia. But the gun itself was never meant for fame. It belonged to the photographer on the poster shoot, and was only used as a last resort when the original Walther PPK pistol didn’t turn up.
James Bonds’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5
As we mentioned earlier, 1964 Aston Martin DB5, driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger”, soon will get new owner. RM Auto Restoration, part of Canadian RM Auction house, has just completed re-commissioning program, returning the car into running condition after its long static storage.
Last sold more than 40 years ago for a paltry $12,000, the DB5, also referred to as the FMP 7B because of its unique number plate, is expected to fetch the princely sum of $5 million on sale at the Automobiles of London event at the Battersea Evolution in London on October, 27th.
Under the guidance of Oscar-award-winning special effects expert, John Stears, DB5 was factory fitted with operational ‘Q-Branch’ gadgets including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, oil slick sprayer, smoke screen, nail spreader, tracking device and a removable roof panel.
The Aston Martin factory in Lagonda originally loaned the car to EON Productions for the filming of the two Bond films and had it returned after completing a promotional tour. After receiving its star treatment, the DB5 was sold to radio broadcaster Jerry Lee of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for $12,000 in 1969. Lee is putting the classic movie car up for sale to benefit the Jerry Lee Foundation, a charitable program dedicated to poverty-related social issues.