Bond fans spend thousands at sale
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Wealthy James Bond lovers were in Double-O heaven spending thousands of pounds in a fiercely contested auction of 007 memorabilia.
Bidding was so competitive they almost needed a licence to thrill as they fought each other for the pieces of movie and book history.
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A navy, wool Tom Ford suit worn by Daniel Craig in the new Skyfall film - out on October 26 - was estimated to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000 but fetched £46,850.
There were only 11 lots for sale at Christie's in London with items introduced by figures such as Sir Roger Moore and comedian David Walliams.
The complete works of Ian Fleming, the spy's creator, were estimated to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000.
They sold for a stunning £91,250 as bidders battled for the collection.
All prices were with buyer's premium.
Proceeds from the sales went to various charities.
Dame Judi Dench, who plays Bond's spymaster boss, M, introduced one of the most hotly contested lots of the night: Craig's blue trunks - with which he set temperatures rising in Casino Royale.
"All I'm going to tell you is they're unwashed," said the dame.
The size "L" navy and powder blue trunks by La Perla, labelled GrigioPerla and made in Italy, sold for £44,450.
The proceeds went to Women For Women.
There was a chance to buy James Bond's car.
The 2008 Aston Martin, 6 Litre V12 DBS, two-door coupe driven by Craig in the most recent film, Quantum of Solace, sold for £241,250.
Introducing the item Walliams joked the proceeds would to go to "the Roger Moore spray tan foundation".
Another highlight was the sale of a titanium Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean watch, worn by Craig in the much anticipated new film, for a jawdropping £157,250.
The orchestral score for the theme song Skyfall, signed on the cover by the performer Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth sold for £13,750.
Anyone hoping to steal something on the cheaper side - £2,000 to £3,000 - would have spied the night for two at London's five-star hotel Claridges.
The lot came with a chauffeur driven Aston Martin to the premiere of Skyfall and attendance at producers EON's exclusive after party.
But the item sold for more than 10 times its list price at £37,250.