A watch worn by Sean Connery in the James Bond movie Thunderball is set to sell for £60,000 at Christie's - after being picked up at a car boot sale for just £25.
The Breitling Top Time, worn in the 1965 film, was snapped up at the sale by a bargain hunter a couple of years ago. Knowing they had purchased something quite special, the buyer, who wants to remain anonymous, took the watch to an expert to be valued. But they were said to be shocked to hear how much it was actually worth and of its film heritage.
The timepiece featured during 007's mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE in Thunderball. The watch was the first to be modified by the famous Q Branch and is equipped with a Geiger counter, which detects the emission of nuclear radiation in the film. It was used by Bond to help him locate the stolen atomic weapons during underwater scenes.
Made by Breitling in 1962, it was adapted by the James Bond art department and was the only example produced for the movie. Its whereabouts was a mystery for many years until it was discovered at the car boot sale. It is thought to have been passed on by someone who worked at Pinewood studios where the film was shot.
The piece of film history will go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in London next month. It has an estimate sale price of between £40,000 and £60,000. A spokesman for the auction house said: "This is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire a unique piece of James Bond memorabilia."
In October 2012, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, Christie's and EON Productions presented 50 Years of James Bond - The Auction. The auction raised £1,641,350, which was donated to twelve charities including UNICEF, Barnardo's, Women for Women, Parkinson's UK and ChildLine.