The Man with the Golden Gun at Richard Winterton Auctioneers

. April 15, 2010

James Bond and film fanatics in general will be keen to know about a forthcoming auction on Tuesday 27th April.

The Collectors’ Sale held by Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield will include a replica ‘golden gun’ commemorating the 1974 Roger Moore film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

Anyone who has seen the film will remember the infamous villain Scaramanga played by Hammer Horror legend Sir Christopher Lee. Scaramanga is one of the most memorable Bond villains, not only renowned for his three nipples but ingenious golden gun. The gun was disguised from harmless everyday objects such as a cigarette case, lighter, cufflink and pen. There is a scene in the film showing Christopher Lee putting together the gun and killing someone. The weapon is one of the most suave and sophisticated of gadgets from any Bond film to date.

In a memorable grand finale, Scaramanga and Bond have a shoot-out in the former’s ‘fun house’ where naturally Bond sees off his evil nemesis.

There is a huge market for movie memorabilia with collectors keen to acquire items from movies for pleasure and/or investment. The original gun used by Christopher Lee would be a priceless artefact of movie history.

The example offered on the 27th April was not used in the film but is a limited edition 20th anniversary replica made of yellow metal by S.D. Studios Ltd. This faithful edition dismantles into the respective components, although buyers will be pleased to know it does not fire bullets and is purely decorative. The pre-sale estimate is £1,500-2,000. An example signed by Christopher Lee sold for £8,000 two years ago.

For further information contact Adrian Rathbone at the Auctioneers on 01543 251081.

www.richardwinterton.co.uk

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