Ursula Andress ‘Dr. No’ bikini could fetch $500K at auction
This iconic bikini made waves when Ursula Andress emerged from the ocean in it in the first Bond movie, “Dr. No” — and it can be yours for an estimated $500,000.
The ivory-colored swimsuit will go under the hammer in Los Angeles on Nov. 12-13, auctioneers Profiles in History said Wednesday.
Andress, 84, who played beachcomber Honey Ryder in the 1962 flick, caught Sean Connery’s attention in his first outing as 007 as she walked out of the water holding a seashell and with a scabbard belted to her hips.
“It is regarded as the most famous bikini in the world,” said Brian Chanes, head of acquisitions at Profiles in History, Reuters reported.
“It’s one of the most memorable scenes in the entire Bond franchise. It helped bikinis become more mainstream and it started the whole Bond girl phenomenon,” he added.
Andress first sold the bikini at a London auction in 2001.
Other items to be auctioned include Roger Moore’s monogrammed pajamas from “Live and Let Die,” the gray jacket worn by villain Ernst Blofeld in “Diamonds are Forever” and Jane Seymour’s emerald psychic cape and headdress from “Live and Let Die.”
“Things from the Bond franchise are relatively rare especially the further you go back in time,” Chanes said. “With Bond especially it’s very much an international crowd.”
Last week, the latest Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” was pushed back from November to an April 2021 release in movie theaters due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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