James Bond’s Gun, Bruce Lee’s Nunchucks, and More Sell for Big Bucks at Auction

A peek at some of the interesting Hollywood memorabilia cinephiles bought for top dollar this week
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Film fanatics with money to spare scored some of the most iconic relics from the last 50 years of movie making at the two-day “Hollywood Legends and Luminaries” and “Hollywood Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, and More” events at Juien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills this week. Bidders online and in person on Wednesday and Thursday vied to take home pieces of silver screen history from classics such as the James Bond franchise, Alien, Die Hard, Scarface, and the Harry Potter series, to name a few. Top items included 007’s famed sidearm, Forrest Gump’s Ping-Pong paddle, and Bruce Lee’s nunchucks, with the final tally showing that the cinephiles spared no expense.


Sean Connery’s Walther P5: The original Bond, James Bond, carried this sleek but deadly .9mm semi-auto on the French Riviera in his final appearance as 007 in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.

Estimate: $80,000

Final Bid: $106,250 (Connery’s Walther PP from 1962’s Dr. No went for $256,000 at Julien’s in December but, come on, that was Bond’s first piece—Er, gun.)

Bruce Lee’s Custom-made Wooden nunchaku: Also known as nunchucks, the world’s first martial arts superstar and a beloved L.A. icon owned these from the mid-’60s until his tragic death in 1973. Lee’s friend and student Taky Kimura certified that the master practiced with this pair to perfect the technique he made famous in Enter the Dragon, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, and Game of Death.

Estimate: $2,000

Final Bid: $83,200

Bruce Lee’s nunchucks

Courtesy Julien's Auctions

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Batman Returns (1992) Catwoman Cowl: Meow. From the final scenes of the last of the great pre-Christopher Nolan caped crusader flicks, this “distressed” latex headgear was made to shine like patent leather and even features a few attached blonde locks fashioned to look like Pfeiffer’s own.

Estimate: $8,000

Final Bid: $41,600

James Arness’s Gunsmoke Colt .45: Arness carried this single action Army revolver as Marshall Matt Dillon during the 1961 season of the classic Western series.

Estimate: $8000

Final Bid: $38,400

Al Pacino’s Pinstripe Scarface suit: While Tony Montana’s M-16 with attached grenade launcher wasn’t on the block, this deep blue, three-piece number from Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster epic also made quite an impression—and it’s believed to be the only costume to have survived the film’s explosive climax.

Estimate: $60,000

Final Bid: $83,200

H.R. Giger’s Prototype Xenomorph Alien Suit: This full-sized, transparent costume—known as “Big Chap”—from that place where “no one can hear you scream” was long thought to have been lost sometime after Ridley Scott shot his 1979 space nightmare… but everybody knows that these monsters are never really gone.

Estimate: $40,000

Winning Bid: $44,200

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John McClane’s infamous Zippo

Courtesy Julien's Auctions

Bruce Willis’s Die Hard (1988) Zippo: Before John McClane could boast “Now, I have a machine gun,” he was lighting his way through the air ducts at Nakatomi Plaza in the film that made Bruce Willis’s career with this trusty lighter.

Estimate: $10,000

Winning Bid: $16,000

Tom Hanks’s Forrest Gump (1996) Ping-Pong Paddle: Perhaps the only thing Forrest Gump didn’t accomplish through really dumb luck was kicking all that ass in basement sport of kings.

Estimate: $1,000

Winning Bid: $25,600

A signed Harry Potter trunk box set

Julien's Auctions

Autographed Harry Potter Box Set Trunk: Literally the ultimate box set, all seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are housed in this limited edition trunk, which Michael Berendt—who was on the crew for all the films—personally had signed by 50 cast members.

Estimate: $3,000

Winning Bid: $48,000


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