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12/07/2006

Big Bucks Buy Bond Bang

                           James Bond `Dr. No' Gun Fetches $106,202

James_bond_movie_scene_title James Bond's Walther PP gun, wielded by Sean Connery in the 1962 movie, "Dr. No,'' sold for 54,000 pounds ($106,202) at Christie's International in London yesterday, double its presale estimate.

James_bond_pistol_gun_walther_pp Connery's gun was the most expensive of 60 weapons featured in Bond films in the past 40 years that Christie's sold for a total of 217,572 pounds, along with other movie memorabilia. The buyer's name wasn't disclosed. Roger Moore's Walther P5 handgun, used in the 1983 film, "Octopussy,'' fetched 7,200 pounds, missing its top estimate of 8,000 pounds.

The auction, which showed that some 007 stars fetch a premium in the art market, may have benefited from the success of "Casino Royale,'' the latest Bond film, which was the No. 2 U.S. box- office hit over the weekend, behind "Happy Feet.''

Breakfast_at_tiffanys_audrey_hepburn Christie's set a record for a dress designed for a movie, selling Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy dress from the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's'' for 467,200 pounds, or more than six times its top estimate. The black satin evening gown was bought by a European bidding on the telephone, Christie's said.

The dress, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, was sold to benefit poor people in India by Mr. and Mrs. Dominique Lapierre, who received it from Givenchy.

The Bond guns were sold by the Prop Store of London on behalf of the armorers who supply weapons for 007 movies.

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   When the James Bond books came out, they were hugely popular and a bit scandalous. Especially for kids my age. I was in junior high school and we couldn't wait to get our hands on the next Ian Fleming release. At about the same time, Catcher in the Rye (paperback), Lolita (the Kubrick movie) and the Beatles all descended on America. Jack Kennedy was killed late that year. Is it any wonder that people my age are a bit twisted?

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                     The original 007, Ian Fleming. Go read about him and then click the image.

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             James Bond `Dr. No' Gun Fetches $106,202 at Christie's Auction

By Linda Sandler

James Bond's Walther PP gun, wielded by Sean Connery in the 1962 movie, ``Dr. No,'' sold for 54,000 pounds ($106,202) at Christie's International in London yesterday, double its presale estimate.

Connery's gun was the most expensive of 60 weapons featured in Bond films in the past 40 years that Christie's sold for a total of 217,572 pounds, along with other movie memorabilia. The buyer's name wasn't disclosed. Roger Moore's Walther P5 handgun, used in the 1983 film, ``Octopussy,'' fetched 7,200 pounds, missing its top estimate of 8,000 pounds.

The auction, which showed that some 007 stars fetch a premium in the art market, may have benefited from the success of ``Casino Royale,'' the latest Bond film, which was the No. 2 U.S. box- office hit over the weekend, behind ``Happy Feet.''

Christie's set a record for a dress designed for a movie, selling Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy dress from the 1961 film ``Breakfast at Tiffany's'' for 467,200 pounds, or more than six times its top estimate. The black satin evening gown was bought by a European bidding on the telephone, Christie's said.

The dress, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, was sold to benefit poor people in India by Mr. and Mrs. Dominique Lapierre, who received it from Givenchy.

The Bond guns were sold by the Prop Store of London on behalf of the armorers who supply weapons for 007 movies.

Martinis and Guns

``Dr. No'' was the first of 21 Bond movies. ``Casino Royale,'' starring Daniel Craig, is based on Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, which created the martini-drinking and gun-wielding gourmet and ladies' man.

The Sony/Columbia movie cost $150 million to make and by the start of the week had taken in $244.6 million worldwide since it was released on Nov. 17, according to http://www.boxofficemojo.com/ . Sony Electronics is selling 007 spy gear online.

Christie's said it sells about $19 million of memorabilia each year, excluding jewelry and textiles.  Link

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