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Putting the “Gold” in “Goldfinger”: James Bond Lotus Esprit Sells for $860,000 in Auction

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Sir Roger Moore, Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roger_Moore_12_Allan_Warren.jpg

The Lotus Esprit driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me recently sold for $860,000 in an auction just south of London. The car eventually went to an anonymous telephone bidder after a fierce battle. It is quite expensive for a non-functioning car; in the movie, it was used to drive underwater, though in real life, it can’t even drive on land. Peter Haynes, a representative from RM Auctions who sold the car, said, “We are very happy with that price, it is very strong money for what is an important piece of movie memorabilia…. Bearing in mind it is not a car that can be driven on the road, the price just goes to prove the draw that all Bond-related memorabilia has.”

 

Bond Items Fetching Huge Prices

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Daniel Craig’s Bond might be in a Skyfall, but Bond memorabilia and collectibles are fetching sky high prices. Last year, in fact, Christie’s held an online auction of nothing but Bond items in honor of the world famous spy’s 50th birthday. The auction included 40 lots from 23 Bond films, and several former Bond celebrities—including the Fleming family, Aston Martin, and Timothy Dalton—donated items to the auction, whose proceeds went to charity. Some of the more memorable items included:

  • The Quantum of Solace Aston Martin DBS
  • Daniel Craig’s sunglasses from Quantum
  • A copy of the first edition of Dr. No, Fleming’s first James Bond novel
  • A complete set of promotional theater door panels featuring actors from Thunderball
  • Tarot cards used in Live and Let Die
  • A snooper dog robot model used in A View to a Kill
  • A model fighter jet from GoldenEye
  • Pierce Brosnan’s two-piece Brioni suit worn in The World Is Not Enough
  • A BMW Z8 Roadster used in the same film
  • Berenice Marlohe’s diamond pendant earrings from Skyfall

 

These were just a few of the big name items from the auction, which netted a whopping $2,644,442 when it closed on October 8, 2012.

According to Bond experts, the enduring popularity of the franchise is responsible for the high price tag accompanying any piece of Bond gear. (Just two years after the movie’s release, Quantum of Solace posters were selling for close to $100.) John Gilbert is an expert on James Bond and the manager of Adrian Harrington Rare Books in England. He told The Guardian, “As each new film comes out, so the interest in the public is reignited. Tolkien went up when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was out at the cinema but is experiencing a dip right now. Bond on the other hand continues to attract interest.”

 

Find or Sell Your Own Valuable Memorabilia with Exclusive Gavel

Here at Exclusive Gavel, we can’t guarantee that our Miami auctions will include any one-of-a-kind items worn by Daniel Craig or Pierce Brosnan. But we can promise that whether you are looking to sell collectible items or antiques, we will be happy to provide you with the experience and expertise you need. As Mr. Gilbert pointed out, the value of collectible items can fluctuate with time and popular opinion. We keep abreast of pop culture, historical findings, and the art market to provide you with the best valuation of memorabilia and antiques. That means when you hire us to auction off your collection, you are sure to get the best price.