Connery's debut Bond pistol sells to mystery buyer for hundreds of thousands at auction
A trove of Hollywood memorabilia including a pistol wielded by Sir Sean Connery in his debut as James Bond – and a fighter pilot helmet used by Tom Cruise in the 1980s classic action film Top Gun – have been sold at auction.
The Walther PP handgun – which alongside the smaller Walther PPK helped define the British spy’s image – was used by Sir Sean in the first 007 film, Dr No, and sold for $256,000 (£190,000).
The actor, who died in October at the age of 90, used the deactivated model during his portrayal of the fictional spy in the 1962 movie.
Auctioneers told the PA news agency the buyer was an American Bond fan who wished to remain anonymous.
Two items from Tom Cruise’s illustrious career were also up for grabs.
One of the production fighter pilot helmets used for his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun sold for $108,000 (£80,000), while a Navy officer’s cap designed for 1992 courtroom drama A Few Good Men fetched $9,375 (£7,000).
A sword used by Bruce Willis in Quentin Tarantino’s cult 1994 film Pulp Fiction was scooped up for $35,200 (£26,000) – against an estimate of $1,500 (£1,112), auctioneers said.
A 158-page script from the 1972 classic film The Godfather marked “third draft” went for more than 10 times its estimate, fetching $10,240 (£7,608).
Marilyn Monroe’s handwritten poem on playwright husband Arthur Miller’s personalised stationery sold for $16,000 (£11,900), while a hoverboard from Back To The Future Part II, created for the character Spike, went for $10,625 (£7,900).
All the items went under the hammer in Beverly Hills during a Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols: Trilogy event.