Film memorabilia up for sale
BOND buffs impatient to see the upcoming 25th James Bond film, should head to Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, for an incredible collection of Bond memorabilia going under the hammer in mid-October.
It is part of an amazing collection of entertainment artefacts, including autographs, collectables and posters, built up by one man, the late Adrian Cowdry, a world-renowned entertainment expert.
From running his own poster gallery in Fulham, to consulting for auction house Bonham’s, Adrian’s knowledge of the entertainment sector was second-to-none. He began collecting memorabilia more than 40 years ago, and started aged just 12 with a passion for James Bond which remained with him throughout his life.
It is being split into more than 500 lots and put up for sale over two days, October 12 and 13, at Ewbank’s Burnt Common auction room.
Alastair McCrea, the entertainment specialist at Ewbank’s, described this as ‘one of the most complete and in depth James Bond collections we have ever seen’.
Among the many British Quad movie posters going under the hammer are a number from the Bond franchise, including The Man With The Golden Gun, Goldfinger and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The top lot is a From Russia With Love British Quad movie poster, which carries a pre-sale estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000. The 1963 film starred Sean Connery and the poster was painted by renowned Italian cinema poster artist Renato Fratini.
Alongside the posters, is one of the most unusual lots, and one which will be highly sought after by Bond fans, a replica golden gun, from the 1974 film, The Man With The Golden Gun.
This is a 20th anniversary edition, gold-plated replica manufactured by S D Studios (number 220) and comes in a presentation case with combination lock, original documents and certificate. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £2,000 and £4,000.
From the 1962 film Dr No, a UK exhibitors’ campaign book with inserts revealing all the details on the advertising campaign making it a must for completists, has an estimate of between £180 and £220. A boxed 1/4 scale figure of Roger Moore, from Sideshow Collectibles, has been valued at between £100 and £150, is one of the many models in the auction.
It’s not just Bond fans who will be delighted by the contents of the Cowdry collection, two Hammer film posters will be on sale. A linen-backed poster for the 1960 film The Brides of Dracula, starring Peter Cushing, estimated at between £1,000 and £1,500; and, from the same year, a framed poster of The Curse of Werewolf, directed by Terence Fisher, which carries a guide price of between £800 and £1,200.
Another rare framed poster from the 1955 classic To Catch A Thief, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, is expected to pique the interest of movie fans all over the world, it carries a pre-sale guide price of between £2,000 and £4,000.
The auction has something for every collector, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a lifetime collection of movie memorabilia. Ewbank’s are pleased to offer this unreserved auction to a worldwide audience through online bidding platforms. For further information or a posted catalogue please contact the office.
The collection is on view at Burnt Common from October 9 to 11, and the sales commence at 2pm on October 12 and 13.
A rare framed poster from the 1955 classic To Catch A Thief, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, carries a presale guide price of between £2,000 and £4,000