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The most celebrated pair of men's swimming trunks in the world will go under the hammer this month.

The blue nylon La Perla trunks, size large, were worn by actor Daniel Craig as he emerged from the sea in Casino Royale. They will be auctioned by Christie's along with dozens of other Bond memorabilia to celebrate 50 years of the hero spy's films and raise money for charity.

However, with a "conservative" estimate of between £3000 and £5000, not everyone will be able to snap up the much-admired swimwear.

However there are items from all 23 films up for grabs, with no reserve price and some starting at as little as £50.

There is plenty for die-hard Bond fans, from the rubber suction pads Sean Connery strapped to his knees and hands when he scaled the volcano lair in You Only Live Twice, to the the scorecard Goldfinger uses when he is cheating at cards, an ashtray and the Do Not Disturb sign and Tarot cards first used by Solitaire.

The auction is led by a 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe,used by Craig in Quantum of Solace. The car is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000, with all proceeds from the sale to benefit Barnardo's.

Christie's director Nicolette Tomkinson said: "With memorabilia offered from every official Bond film ever made, the auction is sure to appeal to new and established fans of the famous British spy.

"James Bond is much-loved by a truly international fan-base and we hope to make memorabilia from the 23 Bond films accessible to all. A broad spectrum of prices will be covered within the auction, with online lots selling without reserve and bids starting at only £50."

Anyone interested in acquiring a piece of Bond memorabilia direct from the archives of EON Productions can take part in an online-only auction from 28 September to 8 October 2012, with 10 further lots to highlight an invitation-only auction at Christie's South Kensington on 5 October marking 'Global James Bond Day'.

The West Australian

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