Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

007 gun sold for quarter of million

A gun once held by Sean Connery while promoting James Bond has been sold for more than a quarter of a million pounds

A Walther pistol held by James Bond for a classic From Russia With Love image has sold for more than a quarter of a million pounds.

The gun - actually an air pistol, rather than secret agent's tool - sold for almost 14 times the highest estimate given by experts.

It sold for £277,250 at the memorabilia sale at Christie's in London today.

It had been originally expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.

Sir Sean Connery - the then-Bond - was pictured with the gun for publicity photos for the 1963 movie From Russia With Love, the second big-screen Bond adventure.

Images of the actor holding the Walther LP MOD.53 were used in posters and the film's ad campaign.

The last time the pistol appeared at auction was at a Christie's James Bond sale in 2001, where it sold for £14,100.

The new owner of the gun wished to remain anonymous.

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