A model of a Bell 47G Helicopter used in the filming of the James Bond classic ‘You Only Live Twice’ sold on Sunday (26 Sep) for £25,300.
UK auction house H&H Classics had estimated the lot at £18,000 to £22,000. The buyer is a London based collector and the underbidder was from California the USA.
There was very keen bidding throughout the sale, say H&H. Adam Sykes, Head of Automobilia at H&H Classics, says: “This was a very important piece of British Film history so we were not surprised by the level of interest from around the world.”
The model helicopter is believed to be the last remaining, 007 Bell 47G Helicopter props out of four originals created and used in the movie. This model is significantly larger and more impressive than the only other example publicly sold. It measures a whopping 9 feet in length, dwarfing the other example sold at just 6 and a half feet in length. Julien’s Auctions, USA sold a smaller example (rumoured to have been for static promotional use only with zero screen time) for $23,040 in May 2014).