007 sale for man with the golden anniversary

One of 007’s trademark Aston Martin sports cars is the star of a sale marking 50 years since James Bond burst onto the cinema screen.

The auction of Bond memorabilia also includes tarot cards used by Jane Seymour’s character Solitaire in Live and Let Die and a belt with a golden bullet buckle worn by Christopher Lee as Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun.

The car, a 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-door Coupe which appeared in the opening scenes of Quantum of Solace, is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000 at an auction at Christie’s South Kensington on Friday October 5.

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All the proceeds from that lot will go to the charity Barnardo’s. Other charities to benefit from the auction include Unicef and The National Youth Theatre.

It is part of a series of celebrations that will see October 5 declared Global James Bond Day – 50 years after the world premiere of Dr No in London – and includes a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Auction house director Nicolette Tomkinson said: “Christie’s is excited to be working directly with EON Productions to present this unique auction to mark the 50th anniversary of James Bond.

“With memorabilia offered from every official Bond film ever made, the auction is sure to appeal to new and established fans of the famous British spy. A broad spectrum of prices will be covered within the auction, with online lots selling without reserve and bids starting at only £50.”