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James Bond beats Darth Vader and Superman at auction

Daniel Bird

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.

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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!


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