The Moon Buggy from the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever sold for £23,900 ($46,020.33 USD) as part of Christie’s ‘Film and Entertainment’ sale held today in London.
The Buggy was bought by Planet Hollywood, the celebrity-themed restaurant chain which decorates its outlets with film memorabilia. Planet Hollywood plans to display it in it’s Las Vegas casino. The Moon Buggy had been displayed as the centerpiece in Planet Hollywood’s restaurant at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas from 1993 to 2003.
Planet Hollywood chairman Robert Earl said: “We’re very excited to get this important piece and will be driving it straight back, where it’s going to our new Las Vegas casino.”
In another Bond-related sale, a coat of arms belonging to Ernst Stavro Blofeld from 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service fetched £16,730 ($32,220.43 USD).
The Moon Buggy was put up for sale by owner Graham Rye, editor of ‘OO7’ Magazine and one of the foremost experts on the James Bond phenomenon. Rye restored the Buggy after a garage owner discovered the famous prop “dumped” in a farmers field in Hextable (near Crawley) where it had sat for 10 years.