Huge James Bond Auction Set to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Franchise

Category: Entertainment / Sep 28, 2012 2:45PM EDT
The world of James Bond is on display at Christie's in London ahead of an unprecedented auction to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the first 007 movie "Dr. No". There are 50 lots, many of which have been donated by the production company that makes the Bond films, to raise money for various charities, including UNICEF. The items include James Bond cars, costumes, props, posters and books. Thirty of the lots will be sold in an online auction (running from September 28-October 8). The star 10 items will be sold at a live auction in London on October 5, which is Global James Bond Day marking the anniversary of one of the world's longest-running and most successful film franchises. "Each and every one of the 23 films is represented in the auction and there really is something for everyone: From the cufflinks to the cars, from Dr. No to Skyfall, from gadgets to Bond style and from the Bond girls to the Bond villains, so really something for everyone," said Nicolette Tomkinson, a director at Christie's. With estimates ranging from 800 pounds (1,200 US dollars) to 150,000 pounds (230,000 US dollars) there is something for everyone. Among the highlights is a 2008 Aston Martin, driven by Daniel Craig in the opening sequence of Quantum of Solace. The next James Bond movie, the 23rd in the franchise is called Skyfall and features Daniel Craigin his third performance as the ultimate British spy. The Skyfall global premiere is in London on October 23 at the Royal Albert Hall.