A Bond bonanza at Christie’s Spectre sale

James Bond’s cars, watches and wardrobes go up for auction

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Last October I reported from behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB10 stunt car made for the latest Bond movie, Spectre – and learned that one of the 10 in existence would soon be offered for sale.

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Details were not known at the time, but it is now confirmed that the DB10 (first picture) will be up for grabs at an invitation-only auction being held by Christies in London on February 18, where it is tipped to realise in excess of £1m – despite not being homologated for use on public roads. The car is, however, in full working order and in excellent condition – especially for a Bond car – because it was the display model at the film’s London premiere.

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It will be the star of a 24-lot sale, which sees 14 items being offered online between February 16 and 23 (viewing from February 15 at the King Street location), with the remaining 10 lots coming under the hammer “live” at Christie’s in King Street on the 18th. All proceeds will go to charity, with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations Mine Action Service the particular beneficiaries.

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Online lots include the DB10 “gadget switch” (£2,000-£3,000, second picture) with which Bond deploys various deterrents during the car chase through Rome; a costume (£6,000-£8,000) worn by Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser while in his Moroccan lair; Bond’s “JB”-monogrammed Tom Ford cufflinks (£2,000-£3,000) and the agent’s shoulder holster (£3,000-£5,000).

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The live auction will include a Spectre script signed by director Sam Mendes and producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. It is tipped to fetch up to £5,000; a framed set of character art images by the photographer Rankin could realise £8,000, while Oberhauser’s octopus-engraved gold ring (third picture) is estimated at £4,000-£6,000.

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Other prize items include the Tom Ford dinner suit worn by Bond on his Moroccan train journey (£20,000-£30,000) and the skeleton costume he donned for the Day of the Dead festival in the film’s pre-title sequence. Comprising frock coat, skull mask (fourth picture), leather gloves, top hat and skull cane, the outfit has a pre-sale estimate of £12,000-£18,000.

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Bond-loving horophiles will be spoilt for choice with a selection of four watches being offered. The most covetable is the Omega Seamaster 300 (£15,000-£20,000, fifth picture) worn by Daniel Craig throughout the film, followed by another example of the same model at £7,000-£9,000, which was gifted by Wilson and Broccoli to Danish actor Jesper Christensen (who plays Mr White).

The rose-gold Longines worn by Ralph Fiennes as M will be offered at £5,000-£7,000, while the Rado seen on the wrist of Dave Bautista’s character, Spectre assassin Mr Hinx, carries an estimate of £4,000-£6,000.

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