Saga James Bond
Movie Octopussy John Glen (1983)
On assignment from M (Robert Brown) and the Minister of Defence (Geoffrey Keen), James Bond (Roger Moore) went to Sotheby's accompanied by Jim Fanning (Douglas Wilmer).
Sotheby's London
Sotheby's London. Photo credit : Loco Steve on Flickr

“- Do you know what this is?

– lt looks like a Fabergé egg, sir. One of the jewelled eggs by Carl Fabergé as a gift for the Russian royal family. They’re priceless and very rare. This one contains a model of the imperial state coach .

– Top marks. Except it’s a fake. There’s the real thing. lt’s being auctioned at Sotheby’s this afternoon.”

M (Robert Brown) and James Bond (Roger Moore)

The head of MI6 and the Minister of Defence fear that the auctioned egg will be used to finance some Russian operations. James Bond (Roger Moore) must accompany the expert Jim Fanning to locate the seller.

On the spot, agent 007 raises the bidding to find out who is selling the work, or to understand why a potential buyer would pay double the price.

Estimated by Jim Fanning at 250,000 or 300,000 pounds, the egg, with the help of James Bond, is sold at 500,000 pounds. The secret service agent then hastens to follow the mysterious buyer.

What he doesn’t know is that he leaves with the false preview earlier at M.’s.

James Bond took advantage of the thorough examination of the egg to make the exchange.


The buyer gets a good deal in the movie. The real Fabergé egg entitled “Imperial Coronation” was estimated by Sotheby’s in 2004 at 22 million euros.

Scene at Sotheby's in Octopussy
Scene at Sotheby’s in Octopussy. (Photo credit: EON Productions, Danjaq, United Artists and MGM)
Scene at Sotheby's in Octopussy
Scene at Sotheby’s in Octopussy. (Photo credit: EON Productions, Danjaq, United Artists and MGM)

Sotheby's - London

Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is one of the four oldest auction houses in the world.

In 1744, Samuel Baker sold several books and manuscripts belonging to John Stanley. In 1767, the same man joined forces with George Leigh.

Samuel Baker’s nephew John Sotheby took over the business in 1778 and expanded the auction house by specializing in the sale of prints, medals, coins and other antiques. Of course, books and manuscripts remain one of the company’s activities.

More than 240 years later, Sotheby’s is one of the world’s most sought-after auction houses, with sales reaching historic records.

Among its most significant sales, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels were sold at 50 million books in 1987.

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Find in this James Bond event box set the 24 films of the saga!
– Dr No (1962)
– From Russia with Love (1963)
– Goldfinger (1964)
– Thunderball (1965)
– You Only Live Twice (1967)
– On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
– Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
– Live and Let Die (1973)
– The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
– The Spy Who Loved Me (1976)
– Moonraker (1979)
– For Your Eyes Only (1981)
– Octopussy (1983)
– A View to a Kill (1985)
– The Living Daylights (1987)
– Licence to Kill (1989)
– GoldenEye (1995)
– Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
– The World Is Not Enough (1999)
– Die Another Day (2002)
– Casino Royale (2006)
– Quantum of Solace (2008)
– Skyfall (2012)
– Spectre (2015)

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By Damien Duarte

Friday, March 5, 2021

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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