James Bond beats Darth Vader and Superman at auction
Published 26/11/2010 | 13:24
Sean Connery's pistol in the James Bond film From Russia With Love has beaten Star Wars and Superman memorabilia at an auction in London.
The Walther gun, which was used in publicity pictures for the 1963 film, sold at Christie's for £277,250 (€ 328,140) despite the top estimate being only £20,000 (€24,000).
The weapon, which is actually an air pistol, was only used in the photo shoot after the expected Walther PPK automatic pistol failed to turn up.
Luckily, the photographer was a keen target shooter and had his gun with him. The iconic photo was used in publicity for the next three James Bond films (Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice).
A rare Darth Vader costume, however, failed to sell at the auction despite it being expected to go for as much as £230,000 (€272,000).
Bidding stopped before the outfit, believed to have been used in the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, reached its £150,000 (€ 177,500) reserve price.
Other items that sold at the "Popular Culture: Film and Entertainment" auction included a feathered hat worn by David Niven, a centurion's costume from The Life Of Brian and a model dinosaur from the 1933 King Kong film.
Alas, red pants worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman III also failed to find a suitable bidder!