“Skyfall” is a fantastic tune, but Adele’s theme song for the upcoming James Bond flick wasn’t the biggest 007-related winner last week. A Bond memorabilia auction coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first film featuring everybody’s favorite spy raised $1.6 million last week at Christie’s in London.
The highest seller in the September 28-October 8 auction, proceeds from which will go towards worldwide children’s charity UNICEF and several other foundations, was the 2008 Aston Martin ($386,000) that Bond actor Daniel Craig drove in the same year’s 007 film Quantum of Solace. The unwashed swimming trunks he donned in 2006’s Casino Royale sold for $71,000, considerably more than the $8,000 Elvis’ stained underwear from 1977 commanded at a recent bidding, perhaps suggesting that stinky shorts collectors prefer newer vintages.
Also among the five dozen items included in last week’s online and invite-only in-person sale were a few collectibles from Skyfall, the Bond franchise’s 23rd installment that’s due in theaters October 23. The navy suit Craig wears in it well exceeded expectations, fetching $75,000 against an anticipated $4,000. Meanwhile, the signed orchestral score for Adele’s single for the soundtrack, which topped the iTunes songs chart just hours after it was released, raised $22,000.
Classic Bond memorabilia was quite the rage, as well. A set of tarot cards featured in 1973’s Live and Let Die went for $38,000, while a clapperboard used during the making of 1995’s GoldenEye fetched $21,000. The complete works of Bond creator Ian Fleming made a respectable $16,000.