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Bond swimming togs go under the hammer

The blue trunks worn by Daniel Craig as he emerged from the sea in Casino Royale are expected to sell for thousands in a charity auction.

They are going under the hammer next month as part of a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of Dr No in London.

The Casino Royale scene was inspired by Ursula Andress appearing from the waves in Dr No in a white bikini.

The trunks are expected to sell for up to £5,000 (¤6,200) at the auction at Christie's on October 5.

Also for sale is one of 007's trademark Aston Martins, tarot cards used by Jane Seymour's character Solitaire in Live And Let Die and a belt worn by Christopher Lee as Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun.

The car, a 2008 Aston Martin DBS, which appeared in the opening scenes of Quantum of Solace, is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000. All the proceeds from that lot will go to the charity Barnardo's.

The auction is part of a series of celebrations that will see October 5 declared Global James Bond Day and includes a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Auction house director Nicolette Tomkinson said: "Christie's is excited to be working ... to present this unique auction to mark the 50th anniversary of James Bond.

"With memorabilia offered from every official Bond film ever made, the auction is sure to appeal to new and established fans of the famous British spy.

"James Bond is much-loved by a truly international fan-base and we hope to make memorabilia accessible to all.

"A broad spectrum of prices will be covered within the auction, with online lots selling without reserve and bids starting at only £50."