A car with a capital C – the Aston Martin used by Daniel Craig in the opening scenes of Quantum of Solace – has sold for US$389,280 at a James Bond memorabilia auction. Agent 007's swimming trunks were also up for grabs for fetishistic fans.
The six-liter sports car used once, in 2008, became the most expensive lot of 11 items of 007 memorabilia sold live by Christie's auction house in front of a well-to-do audience in London. The luxury car was reportedly bought by an unidentified bidder over the telephone.
Among the most sought-after items was a pair of La Perla swimming trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Bond’s briefs fetched $71,725 against a low estimate of $4,800. Passions ran high when Bond fans were encouraged by Judi Dench, who plays M, and Samantha Bond, known for her role as Miss Moneypenny, present in the auction room during the live sale.
The second-highest price of the evening was an Omega Automatic Seamaster Professional “Planet Ocean” watch worn by Craig in Skyfall, to be released in November. It sold for over $250,000 from a reserve of $ 10,000.
A selection of complete works by the Bond mastermind, author Ian Fleming, fetched $147,197, beating modest estimates of $16,000.
Proceeds are set to go to a range of charities, including the UN children's fund UNICEF. The event celebrated the golden jubilee of James Bond movies: 50 years since the world premiere of the 1962 adventure Dr. No, starring Sean Connery.