As reported by CommanderBond.net at the beginning of this month, a varied selection of memorabilia from the James Bond films was going up for sale at a Chrisitie’s auction on 19 December.
By far, the most notable Bond-related item was the three-piece wool suit made for Pierce Brosnan’s debut 007 film, 1995’s GoldenEye. While estimates had pegged it’s selling price at roughly £1,500 – £2,000, the suit wound up going for a whopping £19,200 (roughly $38,000).
The other lots (#84 – #101 in total) consisted of varied production and publicity material for many of the 007 films, including: unpublished contact sheets from Dr. No, contact sheets and press releases for From Russia With Love, typescript pages from various Thunderball shooting scripts, prop casino chips from the 1967 version of Casino Royale, GoldenEye production drawings and much more…
While a few of the 007 lots remained unsold, here are the auction results on some of the notable items:
Lot 0085 – Dr. No, 1962
A complete black and white contact sheet of 12 shots, majority unpublished, taken during the production of the 1962 United Artists/Eon Productions’ film Dr. No, seven featuring Ursula Andress posing for publicity shots, three featuring Andress and others filming, one featuring Andress and Connery and one featuring Cubby Broccoli — 10x8in. (25.4 x 20.3cm.)
Estimate: 300 – 500 British pounds (SOLD FOR £456)
Lot 0089 – From Russia With Love, 1963
The following two lots are from the collection of Anna Korda, dialogue coach responsible for instructing Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love; and Claudine Auger in Thunderball. In both instances Korda taught the actresses Phonetics in English, and worked as interpreter between both actresses and director Terence Young.
261 black and white contact prints on 23 sheets, the shots taken during the production of the 1963 United Artists/Eon film From Russia With Love, showing the shooting of a number of key scenes in the film taken on location in Istanbul, London and Scotland, several unpublished shots of Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi relaxing between takes, reading the script and talking to the director Terence Young; Daniela playing cricket with two small boys; and working on set with Lotte Lenya and the vendor, each sheet — 10x8in. (25.4×20.3cm); three pages of dialogue for scene 37, Revised June 12th, 1963 Int. Caravanserai Room. Tatiana And Klebb, 3pp. of mimeographed typescript, used by Korda whilst working with Daniela Bianchi and Lotte Lenya in the key scene where Colonel Klebb informs Corporal Tatiana Romonova of her …most important assignment..; three corresponding contact prints and a corresponding still; two additional stills; four sheets of Eon Productions From Russia With Love illustrated promotional stationery and three corresponding envelopes (a lot)
Estimate: 1,000 – 1,500 British pounds (SOLD FOR £1,440)
Lot 0090 – Thunderball, 1965
180 unbound mimeographed typescript pages from various Thunderball shooting scripts, used by Anna Korda whilst working as dialogue coach to Claudine Auger [Domino Vitali] on the 1965 United Artists/Eon film Thunderball, approx. 60 pages annotated by Korda, several inscribed in her hand with various dialogue amendments, some extensive, various script revision dates include: 19th January 1965; 19th February 1965; 3rd, 4th, 10th, 15th and 16th March 1965; a “Thunderball” Unit List, 28th January, 1965, 7pp. of mimeographed typescript; a Call Sheet; 15 black and white and 5 colour snap-shots taken in Nassau during the production of Thunderball, various shots include Anna Korda with Sean Connery, Claudine Auger and Terence Young, majority — 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (9x9cm.), each glued to both side of two sheets of paper; a black and white portrait still of Sean Connery signed and inscribed in green felt pen To my lovely Anna, Aye Aye Sean — 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (24x17cm.); and related material (a lot)
Estimate: 600 – 800 British pounds (SOLD FOR £720)
Lot 0095 – James Bond/GoldenEye, 1995
Seven production drawings, each watercolour, graphite, pen and ink — three collages, each a scene of the Russian satellite in space, each signed by artist, each — 11 1/2 x 16 1/2in. (29.3x42cm.) (7)
Estimate: 600 – 800 British pounds (SOLD FOR £720)
Lot 0099 – Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye, 1995
A three-piece wool suit in Prince of Wales check, the single-breasted jacket with Brioni signature silk lining, labelled inside Brioni, Roma, the trousers with turn-ups and the matching waistcoat similarly with Brioni signature silk back panel — made for Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the 1995 United Artists/Eon film GoldenEye; accompanied by a colour reproduction of a corresponding still and a letter from the vendor concerning the provenance (3) (3)
Estimate: 1,500 – 2,000 British pounds (SOLD FOR £19,200)
To view the entire list of Bond lots that went up for sale or for further information on the Chrsitie’s sale, visit the official website.
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