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LONDON — From an Aston Martin DB5 stunt car to costumes worn by Daniel Craig in “No Time to Die,” an array of James Bond props and memorabilia are being sold at a charity auction as the film franchise celebrates 60 years.
The two-part sale, held as a live auction, saw several items finding new homes on Wednesday, with several items available for online bidding until James Bond Day next Wednesday.
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Oct. 5, 1962 was the date of the world premiere for the first film about the suave British secret agent – “Dr. No.”
Leading the lots was the car used for some adrenaline-packed stunts in “No Time to Die” amid the stunning backdrop of the cave dwellings of the Italian city of Matera.
The stunt car — one of eight replicas built for the movie — sold far above the price estimate of 1.5 million pounds to 2 million pounds (US$1.62 million to $2.16 million), reaching 2.922 million pounds (US$3.11 million).
“Externally it looks exactly like the DB5 that we all associate with James Bond, internally (it’s) a completely different beast to be capable of all the incredible stunts and the driving that they did in Matera,” Adrian Hume-Sayer, director of private and iconic collections at Christie’s as well head of the James Bond sale, told Reuters.
Other lots sold on Wednesday include a signed “No Time to Die” clapperboard, as well as costumes worn by the film’s cast members.
Other costumes and props from the Bond movies will also be sold in part two of the live auction, with bidding ending on next Wednesday.
Proceeds from the two “Sixty Years of James Bond” auctions, with a total of some 60 lots, are going to different charities.
Various events are planned to mark the anniversary as Bond fans speculate who will next play the character.
“Well, right now we’re not thinking about the next chapter yet, we’re just celebrating the release of ‘No Time to Die’ and our 60th anniversary,” producer Michael G. Wilson told Reuters.
“And I think when this is over by the end of this year, next year we’ll start to think about where do we go from here.”
– with files from Postmedia Network