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Piece of the Week: A 007 Sequel

AuctionsSep 16, 2022

Piece of the Week: A 007 Sequel

This Charles de Temple ring is believed to be the prototype for the wedding ring in the James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

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James Bond (played by George Lazenby) gave the ring to Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, or Tracy, (played by Diana Rigg) in the movie. It’s the only time in franchise history 007 has gotten hitched. (© Mirrorpix/Peter Stone)
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When an email from Bonhams popped into this editor’s inbox earlier this week, it brought about a sense of déjà vu. 

It announced the auction house would be selling a wedding ring created by Charles de Temple, a groundbreaking London designer particularly popular in the ‘60s, for the 1969 James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” 

But wait—wasn’t this ring just offered at auction earlier this year and sold for $77,000

As it turns out, the answer is yes and no.

One of two “All the Time in the World” rings de Temple made for the movie’s wedding scene—the only time in 007 franchise history when the elusive-yet-irresistible spy has gotten married—did go up on the block and find a buyer in February. 

This third “All the Time in the World” ring that Bonhams is offering at its Sept. 21 London Jewels sale is believed to be the prototype used to create the rings featured in the movie, the auction house clarified. 

One of de Temple’s friends bought it from him in the ‘60s. It has never before been offered at auction, Bonhams said. 

The circa 1965 two-tone gold ring has both a polished and textured finish and features the phrase “All the Time in the World,” which is both the theme song from the movie (performed by Louie Armstrong) and the film’s final words.  

The song made a modern appearance in the 007 universe, as it played over the closing credits in 2021’s “No Time to Die” starring Daniel Craig. 

Bonhams estimates the ring will sell for £8,000-12,000 ($9,177-$13,766). 

Emily Barber, Bonhams head of jewelry in the U.K., said: “We are delighted to offer such a significant Charles de Temple ring in our forthcoming auction. 

“As well as embodying a pivotal moment in de Temple’s career, this ring has never been on the market before and truly is a piece of cinematic history, the sentiment of its design being echoed in the recent 007 release.”

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