On Friday, 5 October 2012 - Global James Bond Day - Christie's
and EON Productions presented a live evening charity auction of ten star lots of memorabilia directly from EON's Archives, plus one surprise addition, in celebration of 50 years of James Bond on screen. The auction realised a total of £752,050 / $1,214,448 / 934,046 with proceeds from each lot set to benefit specific charitable institutions. Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades led proceedings, assisted by several guest auctioneers including Sir Roger Moore, Michael G. Wilson, Dame Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Lucy Fleming, David Walliams, Lindy Hemming and Maryam dAbo.
Those who were unable to take home a piece of Bond in this evenings auction are urged to continue bidding online; 50 Years Of James Bond - The Auction continues online until 2pm (BST) on Monday, 8 October 2012 at www.christies.com/bond. Launched on Friday, 28 September, the online sale comprises a total of 42 lots (including two extra, later donations) encompassing props, costumes, jewellery and more, from every one of the twenty-three official James Bond films, including the forthcoming SKYFALLTM. Within the first 90 minutes of the auction every item listed had received bids originating from over 40 countries. New registrants have continued to visit the site each day, excited by the unprecedented and unique opportunity of acquiring items directly from EON's Archive.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Producers, EON Productions commented, What better way to celebrate the 50 year anniversary than by supporting UNICEF and the eleven additional charities who will be benefitting from the auction items donated by the Bond archive and supporters. The generosity and dedication of Bond fans will enable the charitable organisations to continue their good work. Many thanks
Live Auction Highlights
The top lot of the live auction was an Aston Martin DBS used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum Of Solace and sold to benefit Barnardo's. A bidding war between the internet, telephones and those in attendance resulted in the final price of £241,250 / $390,101 / 299,633. The car was purchased by an anonymous telephone bidder.
An Automatic Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean wristwatch, by Omega, worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, a unique piece specially made in titanium for action scenes in Skyfall was sold to benefit ORBIS. The winning bid came from a telephone bidder, who bought the wristwatch for £157,250 / $254,273 / 195,305.
A pair of swimming trunks worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale and sold to benefit Women For Women realised £44,450 / $71,876 / 55,207. The trunks were purchased by a bidder in the room.
A surprise, last-minute addition to the sale was the orchestral score for the theme song Skyfall, signed on the cover by Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth, which sold for £13,750 / $22,234 / 17,078 to a bidder in the saleroom.