Film mem­o­ra­bilia up for sale

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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

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