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Steve Oxenrider James Bond Collection auction at Ewbanks

01 November, 2023

Life-long James Bond film fan and collector Steve Oxenrider, who has contributed to many Bond books, publications and documentaries, is selling his stunning collection of 007 memorabilia at Ewbank’s.

Steve Oxenrider is a retired educator, life-long James Bond film fan and collector, and freelance writer who has contributed to many Bond books and publications, as well as being credited on the supplementary features for several of the DVDs.

Now he has shipped his his fabulous collection of 007 rarities across the Atlantic from the USA to Ewbank’s in Surrey for a two-part sales series in November 2023 and Spring 2024. Together they are expected to fetch between £500,000 and £1 million.

Rare original posters for some of the earliest films in the Bond franchise lead the highlights in the first two-day sale on November 16 and 17, which is expected to fetch up to £300,000. The top ten lots alone come with a high estimate of over £65,000.

British Quad Poster Dr No Estimate £12000 15000

British Quad Poster Dr No (1962). Estimate: £12,000-15,000.

A British Quad (30 x 40in) poster for Dr No (1962), the film that launched the series, with illustration by Mitchell Hooks is estimated at £12,000-15,000.

British Quad poster Dr No illustration by Mitchell Hooks

British Quad poster for Thunderball, estimated at £12,000-15,000.

A Quad poster for Thunderball (1965) features two panels of poster illustration on the left by Frank McCarthy and two on the right by Robert McGinnis. This poster was designed to be cut into four pieces and very few examples (complete or otherwise) have survived. Estimated at £12,000-15,000.

A British Double Crown Advance Style A film poster for From Russia with Love (1964). Measuring 20 x 30 inches, it has a guide of £6,000-8,000.

A British Quad poster, Style B, with artwork by Robert Brownjohn, for Goldfinger (1964).

 British Quad poster Style B with artwork by Robert Brownjohn for Goldfinger

Alternate Goldfinger poster for Ireland, estaimated at £5,000-8,000

This alternate design was produced exclusively for promoting the film in Ireland to appease censors scandalised by the image of the bikini-clad Bond girl in the original design. It is pitched at £5,000-8,000.

A British Quad poster designed by Robert McGinnis for Thunderball (1965) – £3,000-5,000.

British Quad poster designed by Robert McGinnis for Thunderball

A British Quad poster Style A, designed by Robert Brownjohn, for Goldfinger (1964) – £3,000-5,000.

An alternative yellow version of the British Quad poster for You Only Live Twice (1960s) – £1,500-2,500

you only live twice yellow poster

A Style A (Volcano) British Quad poster for You Only Live Twice (1967) – £800-1,200

A Style B British Quad poster for You Only Live Twice (1967) – £600-900

Beyond the posters, Steve Oxenrider also specialised in collecting material linked to the films’ premieres, including tickets, brochures, as well as numerous lobby cards used to promote films within the cinemas themselves.

One of the most important examples in his collection is the Thunderball (1965) Gala Charity Premiere brochure from Wednesday 29th December 1965, signed to the inside by Luciana Paluzzi, who played SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in the film. It should sell for £700-1,000.

thunderball gala premiere luciana paluzzi

Thunderball (1965) Gala Charity Premiere brochure from 1965, signed by Luciana Paluzzi is estimated at £700-1,000

Another, a Royal World Charity Premiere brochure from Odeon Theatre Leicester Square on Monday 12th June 1967 for You Only Live Twice (1967), has an estimate of £500-800.

Oxenrider also secured premier brochures for other films in the franchise.

A Royal World Premiere brochure for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) at the Odeon, Leicester Square on Thursday 18th December 1969, should take £400-600.

Royal World Premiere brochure for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) at the Odeon, Leicester Square on Thursday 18th December 1969. Estimate £400-600

The same estimate for the Gala Scottish Premiere brochure for Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh January 14th, 1972, for Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

diamonds are forever gala premiere brochure

Gala Scottish Premiere brochure for Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh January 14th, 1972, for Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Estimate £400-600.

A Royal World Charity Premiere brochure for Live and Let Die (1973) at the Odeon Leicester Square July 5th, 1973, which is signed on the front by Paul and Linda McCartney – the former wrote and performed the theme tune – is also expected to sell for £400-600.

live and let die gala premiere signed by paul mccartney

Royal World Charity Premiere brochure for Live and Let Die (1973) at the Odeon Leicester Square July 5th, 1973, signed on the front by Paul and Linda McCartney. Estimate £400-600.

Media campaign books for some of the films will also be on offer at £500-800 each, including those for Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball.

“We have been holding dedicated James Bond auctions for years now, but this collection is on an entirely new level,” says Ewbank’s partner and Head of Entertainment Memorabilia, Alastair McCrea. “We take it as a compliment at Ewbank’s that Steve has chosen to send the collection to us in the UK to offer it auction, rather than keep it in the US."

moonraker gala premiere

Royal World Charity Premiere brochure from Odeon Theatre Leicester Square on Tuesday 26th June 1979 for Moonraker (1979). Estimate £150-250.

“The sheer breadth and depth of the collection is breathtaking, and a tribute to the dedication and perspicacity of Steve Oxenrider – the ultimate collector of 007 material.

“Together with the part two of the collection, which we will offer next year, the November auction promises to be a landmark event for Bond fans and serious collectors.”

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Live bidding is available online now at www.ewbankauctions.co.uk

 


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