Bond Prop Outsells, But 'Star Wars V' Costume Fails to Move at Christie's Auction

'From Russia With Love' gun gets $439,000, 15 times its expected bid.

James Bond proved to be more popular than Darth Vader at Christie's auction house in the U.K., where earlier this week rare character-specific items from their classic films went on the auction block.

A Vader costume worn by actor David Prowse in the filming of 1980's Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back was expected to bring in between $212, 000 and $305,000, but in the end, it failed to sell, Reuters reports.

But a prop gun used by Sean Connery in a photo shoot for the movie poster for the 1963 Bond classic From Russia With Love nabbed 15 times more than what Christie's anticipated, bringing in $439,000 at the Nov. 25 auction.

The bids offered for the Empire Strikes Back costume didn't meet the confidential reserve price and thus the gear remains with the auction house.


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