Screen-used Moneypenny brooch on auction

14 June, 2018

A brooch worn by Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny in two James Bond films will be sold at auction at Ewbank's.

Brooch Miss Moneypenny Octopussy Majesty's Secret Service

Gold and turquoise insect brooch - photo © Ewbank's

Miss Moneypenny can be spotted wearing the brooch in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, during the wedding scene at the end of the film, and once more in the 1983 film Octopussy, in M's office scene.

miss moneypenny brooch on her majesty's secret service

Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) wears the brooch during the wedding scene in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
photo © United Artists, EON, Danjaq

The gold and turquoise insect brooch features wings set with diamonds, ruby eyes, and a polished turquoise stone body.

brooch back side

Gold and turquoise insect brooch - photo © Ewbank's

The stamp marks are unclear, mounted in yellow metal testing as 18 ct. The size: 4.8 x 5 cm (1.89" x 1,97").

brooch miss moneypenny octopussy

Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) wears the brooch in her office in Octopussy
screenshot © MGM/UA, United International Pictures, Danjaq

The brooch was purchased by the current owner at Christies James Bond sale in London on 14 February 2001 (the same sale where the GoldenEye Aston Martin DB5 was sold), where it was named "The Property Of Lois Maxwell", Lot 162.

The price realised in 2001 was £3,055 with an estimate of £1,500 - £2,000. The estimate of the brooch for the upcoming Ewbank's auction is £2,000 - £4,000.

UPDATE: final hammer price on June 20th was £3,800.

The brooch is Lot 225 of the Ewbanks Jewellery, Watches & Coins Sale on Wednesday 20th of June 2018, at 10:00am in Surrey. Viewing times: Saturday 16 June: 10am-2pm, Monday 18 June: 9am-5pm and Tuesday 19 June: 9am-7pm.

For more information visit ewbankauctions.co.uk


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