FANS of James Bond could be shaken, not stirred as a special auction of memorabilia dedicated to the famous movie icon goes under the hammer in Limerick this weekend.
There are a number of first edition books, signed by the author Ian Fleming, which are already attracting interest from buyers as far afield as California, with many seeking to lodge phone and internet bids.
“It’s an interesting sale, just unusual and quirky. It really is a boys’ auction, for all boys aged from seven to 70,” said Darren Parish, of the auction house.
In all there will be more than 100 lots in the ‘007’ auction in Limerick Auction Rooms on the Ballysimon Road this Saturday, June 1, from 3pm.
A first edition copy of Goldfinger by Fleming, published in 1959 by MacMillan, will go under the hammer with a guide price of between €500 to €750.
A signed copy of The Spy Who Loved Me in 1962 by Fleming had a guide price of up to €1,500, but it has been withdrawn for further inspection ahead of the auction.
A first edition copy of From Russia with Love, published in 1957, is up for auction with a guide of €350.
Another rare first edition, of Moonraker, published in 1955 has a guide price of between €600 to €700, while a 1958 copy of Doctor No is expected to make between €350 to €450.
Autographs by Sean Connery and Roger Moore are also expected to be sold on the day.
Darren explained that they decided to hold the auction after one local man submitted a very large collection of Bond memorabilia, which was too large to include in one of their regular auctions. The lots include a James Bond annual from 1965, shot glasses made in a more recent decade, a number of toy Aston Martins produced to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Goldfinger, and casino prop chips used in the film Licence to Kill.
A rare James Bond Millenium poster, which was signed by stars of the Bond films for charity, is expected to fetch between €200 to €300. It has been signed by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Judy Dench, Sophie Marceau, Jane Seymour, Denise Richards, amongst others. A specialist Star Wars auction is also planned in the coming months, along with a military auction.