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Bond car sold as Valentine's gift

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LONDON, England -- James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 has become a special Valentine's Day gift for the wife of a businessman.

The 1965 car driven by Pierce Brosnan in the 007 movie Golden Eye fetched $210,000 (140,000) at an auction in London which also included the famous bikini worn by Ursula Andress in the 1962 Bond classic Dr. No.

The scene in which Andress -- as Honey Ryder -- emerges dripping wet from the sea made her a screen legend and set the standard by which all future Bond girls would be judged.

The white two-piece was bought for more than $61,000 (42,000) by Planet Hollywood's co-founder Robert Earl who bid over the phone from his home in New York.

But it was the car that proved the most expensive item from 250 lots of memorabilia from 21 Bond movies at the largest ever sale of props and costumes from the 007 films.

It was one of two Aston Martin DB5s used in a nail-biting chase sequence, during which Bond manages to win over his alarmed female passenger by producing a bottle of champagne from the drinks compartment.

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It was bought by Max Reid, a 36-year-old father of three sons, who lives in Sheffield and runs a computer leasing firm. He said he bought the car to give to his wife Helen.

The businessman said: "I think I got it for a bargain, a great price and I would have paid much more for it. February 14 is a big day for my wife.

"I had two reasons -- it's a great present for my wife and it will be wonderful publicity for my business as well.

"This is the first auction I have been to but I am a big fan of James Bond. Every boy dreams of being a James Bond character sometime."

The sale at Christie's is set to raise in excess of $600,000 (400,000).

After his successful bid for the bikini Earl said: "This is the most important piece of memorabilia ever sold at auction."

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Andress set the standard for all subsequent Bond girls  

Andress, now 64, said: "This bikini made me a success. As a result of starring in Dr. No as the first Bond girl, I was given the freedom to pick future roles.

"My entrance in the film wearing the bikini on that beautiful beach seems to now be regarded as a classical moment in cinema, and made me world famous as 'the Bond girl'."

The bikini, the only one made for and worn by Andress in the film, was created in Jamaica by a West-Indian dressmaker. It was specially designed to be a practical working garment able to withstand the rigours of the Honey Ryder role.

Dr. No was the first Bond film and also made into an international star the young Scottish actor who played the suave British secret service agent -- Sean Connery.

Other highlights of the auction included a Walther PPK air pistol held by Connery in the poster advertising from Russia With Love which sold for $20,000 (14,000) -- more than three times its estimated price.

And clapperboard used in the film Tomorrow Never Dies fetched more than seven times its estimated price when it was went for $8,000 (5,500).

Among Bond gadgets devised by the lovable Q to enable 007 to extricate himself from any precarious predicaments were his specially adapted Rolex wristwatch.

It was snapped up for $37,000 (26,000).

The Rolex, complete with its exceptionally strong magnet, was used to full effect in Live and Let Die (1973) by Roger Moore, in his first escapade as 007 -- he used it ingeniously to unzip the dress of his companion, Miss Caruso, in an instant.

In response to her comment on the lightness of his touch, Bond gave the sardonic reply "Sheer magnetism, darling."



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