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Bond's Aston Martin up for sale in charity auction.

ONE of 007's trademark Aston Martin sports cars is the star of a sale marking 50 years since James Bond burst onto the cinema screen.

The auction of Bond memorabilia also includes tarot cards used by Jane Seymour's character Solitaire in Live And Let Die and a belt with a golden bullet buckle worn by Christopher Lee as Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun.

The car, a 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe which appeared in the opening scenes of Quantum Of Solace, is expected to fetch between pounds 100,000 and pounds 150,000 at an auction at Christie's South Kensington on Friday, October 5. 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 - 50 years after the world premiere of Dr No in London - 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 directly with EON Productions 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 from the 23 Bond films 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 pounds 50."

Other charities to benefit from the auction include Unicef and The National Youth Theatre.


* A 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum Of Solace, below
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 7, 2012
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