James Bond memorabilia - licence to make a killing?
By Astrid Zweynert
LONDON (Reuters) - Shaken by the gyrations of the financial markets? Maybe a look at James Bond memorabilia as an investment would stir your imagination.
Experts say the value of 007 memorabilia has shot up, not least because of the world premiere on Wednesday of "Quantum of Solace," the eagerly awaited new Bond movie starring British actor Daniel Craig.
At the top end are 007's cars, most notably a 1965 Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball." The gadget-laden car fetched more than a million pounds ($1.6 million) at auction in the United States two years ago.
But there are less pricey ways of owning a piece of Bond memorabilia.
Due to the spy's enduring popularity, there is a high level of collector interest in original Bond movie posters, and their value has risen dramatically over the past decade.
Original British posters advertising "Dr No," the first of the action-packed films, can fetch between 5,000 and 7,500 pounds, depending on their condition.
A decade ago, they could have been snapped up for just 100 pounds, according to Bruce Marchant, co-owner of The Reel Poster Gallery in London.
"Prices for Bond film posters have risen quite dramatically over the past 15 years," Marchant told Reuters. "The market is huge, and while the prices sometimes stabilize, they've never gone down." Continued...