Up For Auction, Rare James Bond Posters And Other Memorabilia

The 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise is near, so posters from every Bond movie will be hitting the auction block come December.

According to NBC News, posters will not be the only James Bond items up for auction. Other items that will be up for auction include: stills, lobby cards, scripts, and other James Bond memorabilia.

Profiles in History, the auctioneer, expects the Bond poster collection to take in well over $200,000, led by a very rareFrom Russia With Lovespecial advance Leicester Square world-premiere poster from 1963.

The auction house says that this poster alone should fetch $10,000 to $15,000. It should sell pretty well because it is one of a handful believed to be still in existence.

“It’s such a rare thing when you get every title like this,” said Joe Maddalena, the auction house’s president, referring to the collection of James Bond posters.

The James Bond posters and other memorabilia were assembled over 25 years and brought together by a private British collector, Maddalena explained to Reuters.

“It’s really a mind-boggling collection,” Maddalena added while pointing to examples such as a yellow Dr. No silkscreen on linen poster from 1962 that is thought to be the very first 007 film poster ever to appear to the public.

Other highlights of the collection include posters from the earliest Bond films including a rare U.K. advance Goldfinger from 1964 and a British Thunderball poster from 1965, each of these posters is estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000.

Hollywood memorabilia have gone for pretty lofty prices on the auction block in recent years.

A charity auction of James Bond items took in $2.6 million earlier this month in London. The auction was led by an Aston Martin that was driven by Daniel Craig in his second Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, which sold for $390,000. Another bidder paid nearly $72,000 for the bathing suit that Craig wore in Casino Royale.

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