Sean Connery's original gun from first James Bond movie sells for $256,000 at auction

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By RADIO.COM

Don't be shaken or stirred, but a piece of James Bond history just sold for a huge sum of money.

The original gun used by Sean Connery in "Dr. No" sold for $256,000 at auction, according to the New York Post.

The deactivated Walther PP pistol, one of 1962 film's famous props, was sold to an anonymous buyer at the "Icons & Idols Trilogy: Hollywood" sale, hosted by Julien's Auctions, on December 3 in Beverly Hills, California.

While the identity of the new owner has not been revealed, the auction house did note the pistol was purchased by an American who “has seen every James Bond movie with their children.”

The iconic weapon fetched more than the $200,000 that the auction house had originally expected.

"In the cinematic debut of the character of James Bond, Connery uses this hero weapon throughout the film and helped to establish and define the character that has been featured in books, films, and other media for the past nearly six decades," the auction house said in a press release.

On October 31, Connery died at the age of 90 in his sleep, while surrounded by family members.

The Scottish-born actor rocketed to fame as agent 007. He first starred as the titular character in the 1962 film "Dr. No," and appeared in seven films in the franchise.

Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, said his company was "deeply saddened" by the news that the actor had passed.

"The silhouette of 007 holding this gun would go on to become the James Bond franchise's most iconic image and one of the most recognizable pop culture references of all time," he said in the statement. "We are honored to include his Walther PP Pistol as our auction's headlining item along with hundreds of other historical memorabilia from Hollywood's greatest classic films and television series."

In addition to the James Bond gun, the auction also sold a pilot helmet worn by Tom Crusie in "Top Gun" for $108,000 and other items from hit films like "Terminator," "A Few Good Men" and "Pulp Fiction."

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