James Bond’s Only Wedding Ring Sells for $77K at Auction
It appeared in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
The 18-karat gold ring was part of the Sotheby’s London “Fine Jewels” sale, where it garnered £56,700, or about $77,100 at current exchange rates.
This was nearly three times more than the pre-sale estimate of between £15,000-£20,000 (between $20,400 and $27,200 at current exchange rates).
The ring featured in the 1969 James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” starring George Lazenby as the infamous agent 007 and Diana Rigg as his partner and wife, Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo.
It was one of two rings created by jeweler Charles de Temple for the movie’s wedding scene—the only time in the movie series that the agent has gotten married.
Born in Mexico in 1929, de Temple became a jeweler in Massachusetts before moving to Britain, where he created one-of-a-kind jewels for women during the Swinging Sixties in London. The jeweler was known for flamboyant statements pieces.
He was also commissioned to create the ring Honour Blackman wore to the London premiere of another previous James Bond Film, “Goldfinger.”
The ring design he created for “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” served as Bond’s wedding band to Tracy, featuring the words “All the Time in the World” in gold around both the exterior and interior. The message is a recurring theme throughout the film and is also the title of the theme song, but the words took on an especially poignant tone at the end of the movie.
In a tragic plot twist, Tracy is murdered by assassins shortly after their wedding. The movie ends with a scene in which 007 is cradling her body and says the ring’s words aloud: “There’s no need to hurry, you see. We have all the time in the world.”
The bi-colored gold ring is characteristic of de Temple’s style, Sotheby’s said, with its bold and sculptural design that reflects his attitude toward modern jewelry design and ability to handcraft.
Sotheby’s said the ring’s striking design and prominence in the film brought the designer “considerable” success. Afterwards, de Temple produced a limited edition 50 rings of a similar design but with the words, “All the Love in the World.”
The owner that put the Bond ring up on the block Thursday had purchased it from a close family friend who is thought to have bought it from Charles de Temple in the early 1970s.
The other ring de Temple made for the movie sold at Sotheby’s in 2019 for £52,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000.
The Sotheby’s London Feb. 10 Fine Jewels auction totaled £1.7 million, or about $2.3 million.
The sale’s top lot was a 4.59-carat round brilliant cut diamond ring that garnered £94,500, or about $128,200.
To see the full results, visit Sothebys.com.
Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator chooses the pieces she’d most want to see in person.
When it comes to knowing the identity and quality of your pearls, count on GIA as your independent pearl experts.
“Today’s Wedding Jewelry Consumer” shares data about engagement ring market size, lab-grown and natural diamonds, and more.
Advanced technology levels the playing field, helping jewelers give customers what they want.
Several Couture brands have partnered with Platinum Guild International ahead of the jewelry trade show.
The jewelry company is moving into bridal just a month after branching out into the watch world.
The 2008 economic crisis, COVID-19, and sanctions on Russian goods have set the stage for an interesting decade for natural diamond supply.
The Generating Community Impact fundraiser on June 11 will feature Karine Bah Tahé of Blue Level Training.
Kaiser, whose illustrious career spanned decades, died suddenly on Friday.
He will step into the retailer’s newly created role of chief development officer.
GemIntro is meant to give a broad introduction to gems and gemology.
Three industry experts discuss “recycled” gold vs. mined, their challenges and benefits, and how jewelers can navigate the area.
Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Buccellati put on stellar performances.
From a slowdown in sales growth to rising costs, Fruchtman Marketing outlines its expectations for the second half of the year.
Once a part of Julius Klein Group, the diamond company combines its direct supply and cutting expertise with a keen eye to the future.
John A. Green of retailer Lux Bond & Green and Niveet Nagpal of Omi Privé have joined the board of directors as of May 18.
The retailer also said demand for Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet watches continues to exceed its supply.
The Connecticut jeweler reflected on five decades in the industry and what the future holds for the family business.
The chapter has organized a day trip to the Sterling Hill Mine and Museum in Ogdensburg on Saturday, May 21.
The stones come from a deposit close to Mahenge and have been on the market for several months.