Nothing too exciting yet folks but early days! 🤔
Thanks for the heads up - if some of those prices are realised I could be shifting most of my stuff 👍🏻
My ex-wife is sitting on a bloody fortune though 🙈
And my widow will be, too.
I'm more curious about part two of the auction.
Waouh ! Is Nick really selling his whole collection ? There will be some fabulous pieces there....
The prices realized in Part I were fairly unremarkable: Most items went for low estimate or below. (Interestingly OMEGA apparently do not treat the low estimate as the reserve the way many other houses do.) VERY few items were above estimate.
This pattern might be par for the course as there wasn't anything really fantastically rare or unusual in this first go.
Not sure how many sales are planned (at this rate and with something like 12K items in the collection we could be looking at a dozen) but forthcoming toy and prop lots I would expect to see go higher.
We are also looking at at least two other major collectors letting everything go over the next few months.
Do these collectors know something we don’t? 😆
It’s in the wind that’s for sure.
Is there any additional information on what other auction houses will sell the other collections?
Ewbanks will be handling the collection of Steve Oxonrider which will also be in more than 1 part and a major collection in the US is being handled by a major international auction concern which I am under signed non-disclosure not to discuss but it will be something very special! 👍️
Good to know. Thanks @ppw3o6r
I concur. Some of those Fleming first editions are way below past prices realised. Maybe Bond has passed it’s sell by date?
It’s probably the worst time to sell at the moment.
I have two acquaintances who collect JB movie stuff and both have lost interest since NTTD. They haven't sold anything of theirs yet, but they haven't added anything to their collections either and are not planning to. Both have said they're 'taking a sabbatical' from collecting for a bit. The film just took the wind out of their sails, and the complete lack of any positive news (or even real rumours) about the next one hasn't restored it. Now, if EON tomorrow announced a plan, a date, a director, and/or at least a direction, both of them might be back, but for now, they've gone dark.
I suspect that could be a factor in some of the prices we've seen recently as well, but also, the deepest collecting pockets likely belong to people getting close to the age of retirement when liquidating collections becomes par for the course.
Interestingly, I have a third friend who only collects Ian Fleming/JB literary stuff and he's collecting as much as ever. The success or failure of cinema Bond is of little interest to him and he says the literary market is very strong despite a massive amount of absolutely top quality items coming to sale in the past year or two from two major collections in particular. He claims he's seen no drop-off in interest, but the big collectors have been spoiled for choice and their money only goes so far.
There was some impact from NTTD, but the world economy has drained some buyers.
Also, props and books, etc. in many genres, not just Bond, skyrocketed since COVID. Janine's nephew is a comix influencer and we talked about it for an hour on a visit--his comics that brought $1,000 U.S. before the pandemic hit six or seven times that--now the auctions off eBay are starting to cool.
It's a buyer's market right now--to an extent--in auctions. In private sales, my jaw keeps dropping when I hear $400 for a pack of Thunderball trading cards or someone saying how lucky they were to get a Roger Moore autographed still for only $300 and so on. D'oh!
Life circumstances including illness and retirement, etc. were driving/are driving some of the collectors to liquidate famously now.
I concur with what @Bond Collectors' Weekends wrote above. The collector market is cooling a bit since COVID restrictions were lifted in early 2022.
I listen to a podcast called The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of about prop collecting, and they also mention seeing the same items they saw in auctions during the pandemic being relisted by the same or different auctions and getting less than what they went for originally.
I still see some Bond props going for good money, but not as high as before, like some of the casino plaques from Dr. No and Casino Royale.
All in all, it just depends on the item and what auction house is listing them.