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James Bond Spectre:
The Auction

For a behind the scenes look at Christie’s highly anticipated Spectre charity auction, Luxury Defined spoke with the sale’s curator Nicolette Tomkinson, Director, Christie’s

To celebrate the release of Spectre on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD, Christie’s will host James Bond Spectre—The Auction from February 16 to 23. This high-profile event follows the success of the “50 Years of Bond,” auction in 2012, which raised £1.641 million for charity. The Spectre sale will include both an online sale and live invitation-only auction, held on Thursday, February 18 at Christie’s King Street, London, salerooms. In addition to the star lot—an Aston Martin DB—the 24-lot auction will feature unique props, costumes, watches, and collectibles. All proceeds will go to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other charitable organizations.

For expert insight on the auction, we spoke with Nicolette Tomkinson, Director, Christie’s.

LUXURY DEFINED: Given the worldwide popularity of the film, and the Bond series in general, will outside bidders be able to participate in the invitation-only live auction?

NICOLETTE TOMKINSON: The invitation-only live auction will be held on Thursday, February 18 at Christie’s King Street and will offer 10 lots, accessible to all via both Internet and telephone bids. Anyone can bid in the auction, from wherever they are in the world. And if you want to watch, it’s easy to do this via Christie’s LIVE™.

LUXURY DEFINED: What is the opening lot at the February 18 live auction and what is its significance?

NICOLETTE TOMKINSON: Ten lots will be offered in the live auction, with a further 24 offered in the online-only sale which runs from February 16 to 23. The first lot of the live auction is very fitting, it’s a Spectre Blu-ray™ signed by Daniel Craig, which is offered together with a pair of James Bond’s blue initialed ‘JB’ Tom Ford cufflinks worn by him in the opening scene of the film. This auction celebrates Spectre in the month that it is released on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD, so this is the perfect opening lot!  The estimate for Lot 1 is £3,000–5,000.

LUXURY DEFINED: The star lot is the Aston Martin DB 10. Do you expect it to exceed its pre-sale estimate of £1 million–1.5 million?

NICOLETTE TOMKINSON: Since announcing James Bond Spectre—The Auction just a few weeks ago we have received great interest in the sale, including in the Aston Martin DB10 which is the top lot. We hope that fans of James Bond and Aston Martin will bid and give generously as the proceeds of this lot will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières .

LUXURY DEFINED: Sale lots range from Bond’s martini shaker to his iconic white tuxedo. What are the other auction highlights? Do you have any personal favorites? 

NICOLETTE TOMKINSON: The sale presents a range of 24 props, costumes, watches, and memorabilia from Spectre. My favorite lot is perhaps the framed set of character art by photographer Rankin of key cast members from the film, signed by each of them and Rankin. The estimate on this group is £6,000–8,000. One of the lots, which is really unique to this particular Bond film, is the Q Branch DB10 Gadget Switch made by Prop Shop at Pinewood Studios for Spectre. In the film, Bond takes the Aston Martin DB10 from Q branch and heads to Rome to pursue his lead, where he tests the switches during a high-speed chase. This lot is offered in the online-only auction with an estimate of £2,000–3,000.

LUXURY DEFINED: Proceeds from this sale will go to Médecins Sans Frontières and UNMAS. Is there a particular reason for selecting these charitable organizations? 

NICOLETTE TOMKINSON: Cubby Broccoli’s life was infused with his gift of giving. The official charity is inspired by that generosity and this auction continues Cubby’s philosophy of giving something back. The proceeds of some of the lots will go to other charitable organizations, at the request of those donating the lot to the auction.