James Bond memorabilia auction makes $151,000

A single-owner collection of James Bond memorabilia has achieved £112,000 ($151,000) at Aston's Auctioneers in the UK.

Pick of the 500 lots last week was a prop Walther handgun used in Casino Royale (2006). It tripled its estimate to make £4,300 ($5,812).

James Bond auction

500 lots of '00 heaven'

Sir Roger Moore's director-style chair achieved £2,300 ($3,109) – trebling its valuation. Sir Roger is thought to have used it at Pinewood Studios. Its attraction was enhanced by the presence of several signatures from Bond film actors, including Honor Blackman, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams.

Also selling for beyond expectations was a harpoon gun used in 1989's Licence to Kill, which starred Timothy Dalton. It made more than double its £800 estimate, selling for £1,800 ($2,432).

The auction house's Chris Aston told the BBC the owner was selling up because he was downsizing.

"[The seller] can't keep the collection any more," explained Aston.

"He's stopped adding to the collection for a few years and the appeal is the actual act of the collecting in the first place, rather than just outright ownership [of it]."

The sale is the latest evidence of the huge cachet of film-used James Bond memorabilia, with prices often eye-watering at the top end.

The Walther PPK pistol Sean Connery wielded in the poster for From Russia with Love (1963) auctioned for £277,250 in 2010, while the same year saw the Aston Martin DB5 Connery drove in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) make $4.1m.

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