Iconic bikini worn in James Bond film 'Dr. No' could sell for RM2mil at auction


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Sean Connery and Ursula Andress in 'Dr No'. Photo: Filepic

Auctioneers in Los Angeles hope someone is ready to say "yes" to spending big money on the iconic bikini featured in the James Bond movie Dr. No.

The Profiles in History auction house estimates the two-piece swimsuit, which was worn in a beach scene by original Bond girl Ursula Andress in the classic 1962 spy film, could sell for up to $500,000 (RM2mil), according to Reuters.

The auction house describes the movie prop as "the world's most famous bikini".

"It's one of the most memorable scenes in the entire Bond franchise," the auction house's head of acquisitions, Brian Chanes, said, according to Reuters. "It helped bikinis become more mainstream and it started the whole Bond girl phenomenon."

Bidding for the item is set to take place Nov 12-13. The swimsuit was previously purchased in 2001 at a London auction, with Andress putting the item up for sale.

Dr. No is the first movie in the long-running Bond franchise and stars Sean Connery as agent 007. It was announced this week that the upcoming 25th installment,"No Time To Die, changed release dates from this November to April 2,2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Other Bond-related items that Profiles in History will soon put up for bidding include the villainous Ernst Blofeld's jacket from the 1971 movie Diamonds Are Forever and Bond's pajamas featured in Live And Let Die, which saw Roger Moore play 007. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

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