Suits worn by Bond star Connery on screen to go under hammer
Two suits worn by the late Sir Sean Connery in films will go under the hammer in an online auction this week.
The suits are thought to have been worn in films the James Bond star appeared in during the 1980s such as The Untouchables and either Five Days One Summer or Never Say Never Again.
A grey suit, made by Angels, Costumiers for the Entertainment Industry, will be auctioned by Lyon and Turnbull on Wednesday with an estimate of £600 – £800.
The other suit, cream in colour and made by Hayward, London, has an estimate of £700 – £900.
Lyon and Turnbull’s Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs sale also features a document with Mahatma Gandi’s fingerprints and a postcard, inscribed “last post from St Kilda”, sent just before the islands were evacuated in August 1930.
Cathy Marsden, rare manuscripts and books specialist at Edinburgh headquartered Lyon and Turnbull, said: “Our job involves a lot of research and we had great fun with the unusual task of trying to identify in which films in which Sir Sean Connery wore the suits.
“We have managed to narrow down the cream suit to either Five Days One Summer or Never Say Never Again and we think the grey suit might have featured in The Untouchables.
“I am really looking forward to this sale, which has a range of items across popular and high culture with some fascinating and historic stories behind them.”
The cream suit has “Sean Connery 21.7.82 16140″ printed on a Hayward label on the inside trouser pocket, while the grey suit has “Sean Connery Sept. 8” handwritten on an Angels label to a trouser pocket.
The document with Mahatma Gandi’s fingerprints, thought to be perhaps the only existing example of them, has an estimate of £5,000 – £10,000.
The sheet of paper attached to cardboard serves as a record of the political leader’s activism and role in the peace movement in the early twentieth century.
The postcard from St Kilda is part of a wider archive relating to the remote archipelago, 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.
Other lots include a rare first edition copy, second impression hardback of the first in the series of the seven Harry Potter novels, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and a copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia.