‘James Bond’ desk to be auctioned off in Stansted

The 'James Bond' desk which will go on sale at an auction in Stansted Mountfitchet. The 'James Bond' desk which will go on sale at an auction in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Monday, July 21, 2014
12:29 PM

A brand of desk, designed in 1959 and which shot to fame when it appeared in two James Bond films, is being sold at the largest ever Decorative Art and Design Sale held by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

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The rosewood and chrome desk, by Danish designer Bodil Kjaer, is one of the 20th Century’s most desirable pieces of furniture.

Widely promoted in the Press when it was launched, the desk went on to feature in two Bond films; You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love.

Early editions of the piece are said to have been bought by the actor Michael Caine and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Model 901 desk is expected to make £6,000 to £8,000.

The desk is one of a range of Scandinavian lots in the sale which will be held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 July at Sworders’ sale rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Sworders’ director, John Black, said: “With a total of 1,000 lots, this is the largest Decorative Art and Design Sale we have ever held.

“It’s so exciting to be able to offer a real ‘lifestyle’ sale. Alongside some stunning modern pieces, there are more than 300 lots of Arts and Crafts and Art Deco furniture and furnishings.”

He added: “We’ve had huge interest from people looking for key pieces for their own homes – something with a contemporary feel but with a foot in the past. And with many lots in the £400 to £1000 price bracket it’s a chance to buy a unique piece that’s beautiful, useful and has real investment potential.”

The furniture collections also include a dining suite designed in 1975 by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto. The suite is in walnut and the table features the original cement ballast. The lot has a guide price of £3,000 to £5,000.

Artwork at the sale includes a lithograph print by Dame Barbara Hepworth. The piece, numbered 6 of 60 and signed in pencil by the artist, is expected to sell for up to £1,200.

The Decorative Art and Design Sale is being held at Sworders’ saleroom in Stansted Mountfitchet starting at 10am on Tuesday 29 July and Wednesday 30 July.

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