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Amelia Island 2016: Results

RM Sotheby’s celebrated its 18th year in Amelia Island by presenting a terrific series of best-of-category automobiles across the block on March 12th. As one of the auction calendar favorites, our Amelia Island sale achieved a strong $38 million in sales to a standing room only crowd packed with bidders who journeyed from 20 countries. 

JAMES BOND SPECTRE: THE AUCTION

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To celebrate the release of Spectre on digital HD Blu-ray and DVD, Christie’s and EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Twentieth Century Fox present a unique opportunity to acquire memorabilia from the 24th film in the James Bond series. Highlights include an Aston Martin DB10 with a plaque signed by Daniel Craig (the only DB10 ever to be offered for sale to the public), a prototype Omega Seamaster 300 watch worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond and other spectacular props from the film.

Auction Times > Feb 18, 7:30pm, Lots 1-10 

Sale Location > 8 King Street, St. James’s, London

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Christie’s: James Bond Spectre – the auction

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This February, Christie’s is to celebrate the release of the 24th Bond film with charity auctions, live in London and online. Here highlights – including an Aston Martin DB10 and Q’s laptop — and how you can bid.

The 24th film in the James Bond series, Spectre, is to be released on Digital HD, Blue-ray™ and DVD on 9 February in the US and on 22 February in the UK. To mark the occasion, Christie’s is to present a unique opportunity to acquire memorabilia from the film — with 24 lots straight from the archives of EON Productions, as well as donations from Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes, actor Jesper Christensen (Mr White in Spectre, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), Bond producers Michael G.Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and artist Sam Smith, who co-wrote the official award-winning Spectre theme song. All proceeds will benefit Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations, and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

 

 

The live auction on 18 February is led by an Aston Martin DB10, one of the series of DB10s designed and engineered by Aston Martin exclusively for James Bond, Spectre, illustrated above. Most of the DB10s were modified for use in the filming of Spectre, but two of those produced were kept back as show cars, for display purposes only, and this is one of them. The car is expected to realise between £1,000,000 and £1,500,000 and is to date the only DB10 to be released for public sale by Aston Martin and EON Productions. This is the only car that includes a special plaque signed by Daniel Craig and was displayed at the world premiere of Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Aston Martin has been associated with the James Bond franchise for over 50 years, with the DB10 model featuring in the latest Bond film, Spectre. 

Omega Seamaster 300 watch worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond. Estimate: £15,000-20,000. To be offered in Spectre — The Auction on 18 February at Christie’s in London

Additional highlights of the live sale include the Omega Seamaster 300 watch that was worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, estimated at £15,000-20,000, while our online-only sale is to feature the laptop used by actor Ben Whishshaw as Q, estimated at £4,000-6,000, and a pair of Tom Ford ‘Snowdon’ sunglasses, worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, estimated at £4,000-6,000.computer_new

Q (Ben Whishaw) using his laptop on set. To be offered in Spectre — The Auction, 16-23 February, online

Worn by Daniel Craig in the opening scene of Spectre, James Bond’s blue ‘JB’ Tom Ford cufflinks are to be offered in the live auction, along with the Spectre Blu-ray™, signed by Daniel Craig, estimated at £3,000-5,000. The live auction and online sale take place in the same month that Spectre is released on Digital HD, Blue-ray™ and DVD in the US (9 February) and UK (22 February).

Commenting on the sale, David Linley, Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMERI, said: ‘As a life-long James Bond fan it gives me great pleasure for Christie’s to be part of this James Bond Spectre charity auction, celebrating the 24th film in the franchise. All proceeds of the auction will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières, other charitable organisations, and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). We are proud to continue Cubby Broccoli’s philosophy of giving something back.’

 

Spectre, is to be released on Digital HD, Blue-ray™ and DVD on 9 February in the US and on 22 February in the UK

The online-only sale is to feature 14 of the 24 lots available, with bidding open from Tuesday 16 to Tuesday 23 February at christies.com/spectreonline. The remaining 10 lots will be presented in a live auction, held at Christie’s London on 18 February. Although the live auction is invitation-only, internet and telephone bids will be open to anyone who wishes to take part in the sale.

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JOHNNIE WALKER HEIR’S ASTON MARTIN DB5 OFFERED AT BONHAMS

9211085-5-1The most famous of all ‘James Bond’ Aston Martins, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, will be offered at Bonhams Bond Street Sale, taking place on 6 December. 
The motor car was originally owned by Johnnie Walker heir and celebrated motor-racing figure, Rob Walker. Walker’s elite status in motor racing history began when he founded the most successful privateer team in Formula 1 history, the Rob Walker Racing Team, whose landmark achievements include the first-ever F1 Grand Prix wins for Cooper and Lotus. A highlight lot from the Gordon Willey Collection, the DB5 is offered at an estimate of £400,000-450,000.

Further sale highlights include a 1937 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG45 Rapide Tourer. In 1937, The Autocar magazine said of the model: “A short run on one of the first of the 4½-Litre Lagonda models left a vivid impression not only of brilliant acceleration and sheer performance, but of a car delightfully silent and easy running in a way that can be achieved to the fullest extent only by a big-engined machine working well inside its limits.”

The late owner, Barclay Dodd, first encountered the Lagonda Rapide in 1937 while he was working for Aston Martin. So impressed by the factory demonstrator’s performance, he recommended the Rapide to his father, who duly replaced his Bentley 4½-Litre with this incredible Lagonda. One of just 25 built, it has remained in the same family ever since, now offered some 70 years later at an estimate of £500,000-700,000.
Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Motoring Director, said: “The Bond Street Sale features 30 exciting and rare collectors’ motor cars. These range from heroes of the pre-war era, legends of the 1950s and 1960s, to the modern sports cars of today.”

Further highlights include a 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre, estimated at £400,000-500,000, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT, estimated at £1,000,000-1,200,000, and a 1962 AC Cobra Roadster, estimated at £250,000-350,000.

The sale will also feature the rare inclusion of a number plate. Vehicle registration number ‘R6’, which was originally issued in 1903 and has been held in single-family ownership since the 1950s, will be offered with an estimate of £150,000-180,000.
For further information on Bonhams motoring department visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.

Everything you ever needed to know about vintage James Bond film posters (and possibly a good deal more)

Bond experts and authors Ajay Chowdhury and Matthew Field offer insights into the classic 007 film posters featured in Christie’s online sale.

View these and other vintage film posters in the online auction, which is open for bidding 27 October – 10 November .

Dr. No

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Mitchell Hooks (b. 1923), Dr. No, 1962. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in.(76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £5,000-7,000. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Mitchell Hooks’ artwork captures all the assured charm of Ian Fleming’s Dr No, starring Sean Connery as 007. Note the emphasis on the novel and author being the main selling point. At this stage, the Fleming books were deemed to be the ‘above-the-line’ selling points. The famous three-girl formula is illustrated here: (from right) Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench, an initial Bond conquest, then Zena Marshall as Miss Taro, the villainous femme fatale whom Bond seduces and neutralises, and finally front and back views of Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, in her iconic, self-designed white bikini (sold at Christies in 2001 for over £40,000). It was with some confidence they announced it as ‘THE FIRST JAMES BOND FILM!’ Interestingly, this poster would form the basis of the one used for Everything or Nothing, the documentary film to celebrate 50 years of Bond in 2015.

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Mitchell Hooks (b.1923) and David Chasman, Dr. No, 1962. United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

David Chasman was a creative director at United Artists, the studio behind Bond. Here, we see the famous gun barrel logo designed by Joseph Charoff who noted the 7 could be converted into the barrel of a gun. The line drawing at the bottom details the nuclear plant designed by Ken Adam and built at Pinewood Studios. The groundbreaking Bond film aesthetic would infuse future poster art, with Dr No arguably being the first film of the electronic age.

From Russia With Love

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Eric Pulford (1915-2005) and Renato Fratini (1932-1973), From Russia With Love, 1963. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £2,000-3,000. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Capturing the exotic locations of Istanbul, the poster art features Sean Connery in his iconic gun-across-shoulder stance. The gun was actually an air pistol as someone had forgotten to bring a Walther PPK for the photo shoot. Connery is now centre stage as the selling element in what turned out to be his favourite Bond film. Italian Miss Universe runner-up Daniela Bianchi played Tatiana Romanova whilst Robert Shaw played evil agent Red Grant employed by poison-shoe wearing Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya, original singer of Mack The Knife). The scheme is devised by SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Revenge and Extortion), headed by villainous mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Goldfinger

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David Chasman and Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970), Goldfinger, 1964. Eon/United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Bond came of age with this film, which was packed with memorable images: the golden girl (on screen Shirley Eaton, on the posters, Margaret Nolan, who played Dink in the movie), the Aston Martin DB5, Oddjob and his lethal hat and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. The American campaign for the film also revolutionised movie marketing with Goldfinger being the first movie to open ‘wide’ — in a lot of cinemas at once, helping it become the fastest money making film in history to that point.

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Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970), Goldfinger, 1964. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £1,000-1,500. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Shirley Eaton who played the ill-fated golden girl Jill Masterson had made more films than Honor Blackman and was to have received equal billing. Her omission from the poster was corrected in some later versions, and on this one by the placement of a ‘snipe’ — a stickered correction. As well as the poster, Robert Brownjohn also designed the titles of this and the previous film, both of were projected on the body of a beautiful girl. Brownjohn’s inspiration arrived when his wife walked in front of a projection.

Thunderball

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Until Skyfall (2012), Thunderball was the highest grossing Bond film, taking into account inflation. Note the film was presented by usual Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli but produced by Kevin McClory. McClory was deemed to have contributed to the original Ian Fleming novel and after legal action, he was awarded the screen rights which included the character of Blofeld and the organisation SPECTRE. The film was one of the first to feature cinematic action underwater.

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926) and Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), Thunderball, 1965. Eon/United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

the pairing of artists Frank McCarthy and Robert McGinnis inaugurated some of the most classic film poster art of all time. The Bell-jet pack made its popular debut in the pre-title sequence, segueing into the Maurice Binder’s title credits. John Barry originally wrote a theme entitled Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which was recorded by Shirley Bassey (one of her four Bond songs), although Tom Jones ended up singing the Bond theme, Thunderball. Jones was the last British male solo act to do so until Sam Smith’s chart-topping Writing’s On The Wall, the theme for Spectre.

You Only Live Twice

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), You Only Live Twice, 1967. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £1,200-1,800. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

By now so synonymous with 007 that posters blared ‘Sean Connery IS James Bond’, the Scot returned for Thunderball . The film was originally meant to have been followed by On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and then You Only Live Twice, but the reluctant star was released from his contract early. The Japanese setting proved arduous for Connery and on one occasion his lack of privacy resulted in journalists following him into the toilet. The artwork conveys the scene where Bond is bathed by beauties, prompting a typical 007 quip, ‘I like the plumbing,’

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), You Only Live Twice, 1967. United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £1,000-1,500. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Production designer Ken Adam heard about Wing Commander Ken Wallis’ autogiro, and the wartime bomber pilot flew ‘Little Nellie’ as Connery’s stunt double in cinema’s first helicopter chase. The sequence, however, proved too difficult to film in Japan, and resulted in cameraman Johnny Jordan being injured before being eventually shot over Torremelinos in Spain. The poster includes a detail of the interior of Blofeld’s volcano silo, a Ken Adam set at Pinewood Studios that was so vast clouds are said to have formed inside it.

Casino Royale

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), Casino Royale, 1967. Columbia. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

When Broccoli and Saltzman bought the rights for the Bond books for Eon, two titles were not included in the deal: Thunderball and the first Bond novel, Casino Royale. Subsequently, Casino Royale was produced by Broccoli’s old boss, Charles K Feldman. The film was Initially intended to be a straight adaptation of the book but it became a bloated farce featuring several directors and several ‘James Bonds’. The huge cast list included Fleming’s friend and initial choice to play his titular hero, David Niven. The film was released prior to You Only Live Twice in the same year — the first battle of the Bonds.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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Yves Thos (b. 1935), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969. Eon/United Artists. French, lithograph on colours. 123 x 47 in. (312 x 120 cm.) Estimate: £800-1200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

George Lazenby apes Connery’s stance from You Only Live Twice, augmented by skis rather than a space helmet. The neophyte Australian actor won the most coveted role in screen history through a mixture of bluff and diligence, and then went through an extensive process of learning how to walk, talk and act like Bond. Despite popular perception, the film was a huge hit but Lazenby, in a counter-culture moment, refused to sign to the series. This left the producers in the quandary of having to promote a film whose star would not stay, hence no mention of his name on the ski-themed Swiss-set film poster.

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Robert McGinnis (b.1926) and Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

To compensate for Lazenby’s inexperience, Diana Rigg was cast as the future Mrs James Bond, while Telly Savalas became Blofeld because director Peter Hunt had not liked the previous incarnation. The film featured innovative action on snow with Olympic champion Willy Bogner being filmed skiing backwards. Piz Gloria, Blofeld’s mountaintop hideout, had been a half-completed revolving restaurant on Mount Schilthorn before production paid for its completion. Today, it remains today a major tourist attraction for Bond fans. Louis Armstrong sung the poignant wedding theme We have all the time in the world — the couple and Lazenby, alas, didn’t.

Diamonds Are Forever

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), Diamonds Are Forever, 1971. Eon/United Artists. British, advance double-crown. 30 x 20 in. (76 x 51 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

For a reported $1.25 million and 12.5 per cent of the gross — the highest sum of money ever paid for an actor at the time (and which was donated to charity), Sean Connery returned to play James Bond. Here, we seem him flanked by two Bond girls, Tiffany Case (born at a jewellery store of the same name while her mother was looking for a wedding ring) and Plenty O’Toole (‘Named after her father, no doubt,’ smirks Bond). With its Las Vegas setting and plot inspired by Cubby’s friend, real-life reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, the film was a surefire hit.

The Man With The Golden Gun

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Anonymous, The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974. Eon/United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Christopher Lee was Ian Fleming’s step cousin and had acted opposite Roger Moore, here starring in his second 007 adventure, when both were starting out on their careers. The three-nippled hoodlum of Fleming’s novel was refined into a counter Bond, and for the first time, the heritage of the franchise was cited on the poster with the line-up of villains who ‘tried to kill James Bond’. The Golden Gun, made up of cigarette lighter, holder and pen, was fabricated by a specialist manufacturer but it kept falling apart, meaning Christopher Lee had to practise reassembling it.

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Robert McGinnis (b.1926), The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974. United Artists. British quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

The last film of Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli’s joint reign over Bond saw the producers credited in different order depending on which hemisphere the film was being promoted in. Saltzman sold his share in the franchise to the United Artists studio which became MGM before being bought by Sony, the current Bond studio. The film featured Swedish actresses Brit Ekland, Maud Adams and the diminutive Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack. The jump between bridges over a Thai klong, or canal, was one of the first computer designed stunts to appear in a movie.

Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story Of The James Bond Films by Matthew Field & Ajay Chowdhury (The History Press) is out now.

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007 memorabilia heads for Bonhams Entertainment Sale

 

Lot 112 An Asprey vanity case from James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceLot 112: An Asprey vanity case from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969.

lot 116 - Signed by Sir Roger Moore, an SD Studios replica of the gun from The Man with the golden Gun,Lot 116: A replica gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, signed by Roger Moore.

• Bonhams 24th June Entertainment Memorabilia sale features many items from famous film and television shows, including a bespoke mahogany table used in the 1989 film Batman (£2,000-3,000), and two Bond items, an SD Studios replica of the gun from The Man With The Golden Gun, signed by Roger Moore, and an Asprey vanity case purchased for use in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (£1,000-1,500). 

• Also featured are Strausfeld film posters, including a poster for Mean Streets (£1,000-1,500), and a collection of Terry O’Neill gelatin silver print photographs of film stars including of Steve McQueen (£2,000-3,000) and Paul Newman (£1,000-2,000).

Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale, taking place on 24 June at Bonhams Knightsbridge, features a varied selection of lots with interesting connections to the silver screen.

Highlights of the sale include a selection of lots related to James Bond films, including an SD Studios replica of the gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, signed by Sir Roger Moore, estimated at £2,500-3,500. Also included in the sale is an Asprey vanity case, estimated at £1,000-1,500, purchased for the 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where it can be seen being given as a Christmas present to each of Blofeld’s ten female spies. Further highlights of related memorabilia include an original poster for the first-ever James Bond film, Dr. No, estimated at £4,000-6,000.

Natalie Downing, Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Specialist, said: “Memorabilia with a connection to the nation’s favourite secret agent, James Bond 007, always garners strong interest from bidders at Bonhams. Replicas – provided they are of high quality – can sell for excellent prices, the SD studios replica gun from the film The Man with the Golden Gun being a perfect example, with the added kudos of Sir Roger Moore’s signature making this piece highly collectable.”

Elsewhere, original cinema posters from designer Peter Strausfeld are also featured, brilliantly represented by his poster for Martin Scorsese film, Mean Streets (£1,000-1,500), in addition to a collection of ten Academy Cinema posters (£700-900).

Lot 37: Mean Streets, Warner Brothers, 1973, by Peter Strausfeld. Right, a poster from lot 33: A collection of ten Academy Cinema posters by Peter Strausfeld, 1953-1977.

Also featured in the sale is a fantastic collection of Terry O’Neill gelatin silver print photographs of various film stars, including of Brigitte Bardot (£4,000-5,000), Frank Sinatra (£4,000-6,000), Steve McQueen, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor (£1,500-2,000).

Lot 68 - Brigitte Bardot Terry O'Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, St. Tropez 1967Lot 68: Brigitte Bardot: Terry O’Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, St. Tropez 1967

Lot 71 - Steve McQueen, Terry O'Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, Los Angeles, 1969Lot 71 – Steve McQueen, Terry O’Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, Los Angeles, 1969

Further items from the silver screen include an original animation cel (or celluloid) from the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, estimated at £800-1,200. The cel captures Sneezy, Happy and Bashful playing instruments. Also offered, a cel from 1953 film Peter Pan, estimated at £1,500-2,000. The cell depicts the characters John, Michael, Cubby, Slightly and a lost boy twin.

Lot 42: An original cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Lot 41: An original animation cel from Peter Pan

For further information on Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sales, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/COL-ENT/

Sir Peter Ustinov in the 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible sold for £1,524,700 at Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale

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Bonhams ha raggiunto un nuovo record per l’asta annuale Aston Martin Works Sale, con un totale di £10.280.275.

Gli highlights includono la vendita della DB4 Serie IV Vantage Convertible del 1962 – originariamente di proprietà di Sir Peter Ustinov – venduta a £ 1.513.500, e il top lot dell’evento, la Aston Martin DB5 Convertible Vantage, venduta a £ 1.524.700.

Una parata di stelle alla sedicesima edizione della Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale che conferma, se ce ne fosse bisogno, il grande interesse che ruota attorno al brand Aston Martin anche per i modelli fino a poco tempo fa considerati non particolarmente appetibili. Come ad esempio le £ 74,300 realizzate da una Virage Coupé del 1990.

For further information, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/


EX-SIR PETER USTINOV 1962 DB4 SOLD FOR £1.5 MILLION AT BONHAMS £10.3 MILLION RECORD ASTON MARTIN WORKS SALE 

Sir Peter Ustinov in the 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible sold for £1,524,700

Bonhams achieved a new record for the annual Aston Martin Works Sale, with an auction total of £10,280,275

Sale highlights include the 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible – originally the property of Sir Peter Ustinov – sold for £1,513,500, and top lot of the sale, the 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible in ‘Vantage’ specification, sold for £1,524,700

Barn find and project cars sold well, with a brace of 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Sports Saloons selling particularly well, one selling at twice top estimate, achieving £104,540, and the other at £115,740

Bonhams 16th annual Aston Martin Works Sale set a new record for the event, achieving £10,280,275. The 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible in ‘Vantage’ specification was the highest price car of the sale, selling for £1,524,700 and, adding all-important Hollywood sparkle to the event, the ex-Sir Peter Ustinov 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible, sold for almost the same amount at £1,513,500.

The largest auction in Bonhams 16 year history at Aston Martin Works, the sale featured more than 50 motor cars and 170 lots of automobilia, with 25% of motor cars left-hand drive specification.

Further sale highlights include the most famous of all ‘James Bond’ Aston Martins, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon, at £595,100; the 1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark 1’ Volante at £561,500; and the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series 1’ Sports Saloon selling for £494,300.

“As pioneers of the single-marque sale, we’ve returned to the Works Service here in Newport Pagnell for another great auction, exceeding all previous year’s totals, with £10.3 million of motor cars sold,” said Bonhams UK Head of Motor Cars. “The quintessentially British marque of Aston Martin attracts interest from enthusiasts across the world, a fact demonstrated here today as we took bids from all corners of the globe. This year’s sale attracted a larger and more cosmopolitan than ever before, achieving an excellent result.

“The market demonstrated that there is a ready appetite for exceptional examples, even for models that had previously been regarded as not particularly fashionable. The result we achieved for a Virage Coupe illustrated this with £74,300 realised for the stunning 1990 model.

Barn find and project cars continued to demonstrate their popularity, with the 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Sports Saloon selling at twice top estimate, achieving £104,540, and a 1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III Sports Saloon soaring above top estimate, selling for £115,740.

Paul Spires, Commercial Director at Aston Martin Works, said: “Today’s Aston Martin Sale has been another hugely memorable occasion with keen bidding, strong sales, and rare and collectable Aston Martin sports cars going to buyers around the world.

“Despite the mixed weather there was a superbly sociable ‘garden party’ atmosphere among the 2,000 or so Bonhams guests who joined us here today – enjoying the sale and helping us to celebrate our 60 years in fine style.”

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Quantum of Solace” last one ever made

Quantum of Solace è un film del 2008 capitolo numero 22 della serie di James Bond interpretato da Daniel Craig, che per la seconda volta riprende il ruolo dell’agente 007. È il sequel del film Casino Royale (del 2006), ed è uscito in contemporanea nelle sale di tutto il mondo il 7 novembre 2008.

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Per questo 22° episodio di James Bond, Omega ha creato un Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, speciale. Innanzitutto il nome del film è indicato in una leggera incisione a laser all’interno del vetro zaffiro, con le due “O” di Quantum of Solace allineate in modo da formare il classico logo 007 con la pistola, ripetuto anche sulla fibbia del cinturino. Il quadrante ha una trama che richiama quella del rivestimento del manico della pistola di Bond, la Walther PPK.

Il logo 007 si ritrova anche sul fondo della cassa in acciaio inossidabile, insieme al numero di serie dell’orologio e le parole “Planet Ocean Limited Edition“, incise in nero sul contorno del fondello. Grazie a quest’insieme di caratteristiche questo Omega resta uno dei modelli in edizione limitata James Bond più apprezzati e ricercati, dato anche il numero ridotto degli esemplari disponibili: solo 5.007.

Caratteristiche: Omegfa Planet Ocean 600M – Quantum Of Solace. Ultimo esemplare di 5007 (n.5007 di 5007) Omega “Seamaster Professional, Co-Axial Chronometer, 600 m / 2000 ft.”. Movimento n. 84.617.022, Ref. 222.30.46.20.01. Secondi centrali, acciaio, a carica automatica impermeabile, lunetta nera, data, fibbia in acciaio. Accompagnato dalla scatola originale, garanzia, certificato di autenticità, cinturino in tela supplementare, bracciale in acciaio e manuale.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

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Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig’s second outing as Bond, saw another collectable timepiece to mark the release of the film and the world’s most famous spy’s watch of choice. The 22nd James Bond movie was commemorated with a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, Co-Axial chronometer 45.5 mm, similar to the one 007 wears in the film, but in many ways even more special. For starters, the name of the movie was on the dial, with the twin ’O’s in Quantum of Solace aligned so that, with the addition of the gun-toting numeral seven, they formed the classic 007 logo, which was also featured on the bracelet clasp. The dial introduced another sleek, subtle touch – it was textured to pay homage to the rubber grip pattern of Bond’s favourite gun, the Walther PPK. A large 007 logo also appears on the stainless steel caseback, with the engraved words “Planet Ocean Limited Edition” picked out in black on the periphery, along with the watch’s limited edition number. With all those exquisite details, plus the title of the film discreetly laser-engraved on the inside of its sapphire crystal, this remains one of the most cherished of the Bond limited edition timepieces, especially as only 5,007 were produced.

OMEGA PLANET OCEAN – QUANTUM OF SOLACE, LAST ONE EVER MADE NO. 5007/5007 Omega “Seamaster Professional, Co-Axial Chronometer, 600 m / 2000 ft,” No. 5007 / 5007, movement No. 84617022, Ref. 222.30.46.20.01. Made in a numbered edition of 5007 pieces in 2008, to coincide with the release of the film “Quantum of Solace.” Fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with black bezel, date and a stainless steel Omega buckle. Accompanied by the original fitted box, guarantee, certificate of authenticity, extra canvas strap, extra stainless steel bracelet and manual.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

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Bonhams: una casa d’aste col debole per i motori

Il 6 febbraio 2014 presso il Grand Palais di Parigi, ha avuto luogo la vendita all’asta Bonhams durante la Settimana Rétromobile. Considerato, di comune accordo, come il luogo più spettacolare in cui condurre un’asta di automobilismo, sono accorse folle per assistere a molte battaglie a colpi d’offerta, tra cui quella per la Bugatti Gran Premio in precedenza di proprietà di Jack Lemon Burton e Lady Mary Grosvenor che alla fine è andata a un acquirente venuto a Parigi dall’Estremo Oriente.Questa è stata seguita dalla Ferrari 275GTB Berlinetta del 1968 battuta per 2.225.000 €. Un’altra Ferrari – questa volta una monoposto di Formula Uno – venduta per 483.000 € appartenuta a Michele Alboreto per la stagione 1984.

Ci sono voluti cinque minuti per aggiudicare la francese Delage D6 3 del 1947  a 1.100.000 €.Il Banditore James Cavaliere ha presieduto una battaglia tra mammut tra Europa e Stati Uniti per una rara guida a sinistra DB4 Vantage GT del ’62 coupé andata per oltre il doppio della stima a 1.200.000 €. Una Aston Martin DB5 del 1965, dello stesso modello utilizzato nel film di James Bond, Goldfinger, è stata venduta per 776.000 €. Altre forti emozioni ci sono state per aggiudicarsi una Porsche 911 Speedster del’89. Questi primi lotti hanno seguito una mattinata di moto e automobilia in vendita, durante la quale il momento clou è stata la tanto attesa vendita di una Harley-Davidson 2013 Dyna Super Glide e un giubbotto di pelle appartenuti a Papa Francesco.

Sua Santità ha ricevuto la Harley-Davidson nel giugno 2013  per celebrare il 110 ° anniversario della gloriosa casa americana e il ricavato della vendita è andato alla Caritas per contribuire a rinnovare un ostello con mensa alla stazione Termini di Roma.Il motociclo è stato acquistato per 241.500 € da un acquirente europeo e la giubbotto è stato ceduto per la cifra incredibile di 57.500 €.

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On February 6, 2014 at the Grand Palais in Paris, took place the auction Bonhams Retromobile. Considered as the most spectacular place in which an auction of motoring should be, crowds flocked to witness many battles to offer shots, including one for the Bugatti Grand Prix previously owned by Jack Lemon Burton and Lady Mary Grosvenor which eventually went to a buyer in Paris came from the Far Oriente.Questa was followed by the Ferrari 275GTB Berlinetta of 1968 fought for € 2,225,000. Another Ferrari – this time a Formula One car – sold for € 483,000 belonged to Michele Alboreto for the 1984 season.

It took five minutes to win the French Delage D6 3 of 1947 to € 1.1 million .Complete Auctioneer James Knight presided over a mammoth battle between between Europe and the United States for a rare left-hand drive DB4 Vantage GT ’62 coupe went for more than double the estimate to € 1.2 million. An Aston Martin DB5 from 1965, the same model used in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, was sold for € 776,000. Other strong emotions we were to win a Porsche 911 Speedster del’89. These early batches have followed a morning of motorcycles and automobilia for sale, during which the highlight was the long-awaited sale of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide and a leather jacket that belonged to Pope Francis.

His Holiness has received the Harley-Davidson in June 2013 to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the glorious American factory and the sale proceeds went to charities to help renovate a cafeteria at the hostel with Termini Station Roma. The motorcycle was purchased for € 241,500 from a European buyer and the jacket was sold for an unbelievable € 57,500.