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The Most Famous Swimsuit in The World is Up For Auction in Los Angeles

Honey Ryder’s ivory-coloured bikini holds special sentimental and historic value as the outfit of choice for any connoisseur hoping to own an artefact of immense pop cultural history

Oct 14, 2020 | By Julia Roxan

Set to sell for up to $500,000, Ursula Andress’ signature “Honey Ryder” bikini from James Bond’s Dr. No, will go on auction this November in Los Angeles. Regarded one of the most memorable scenes ever in the James Bond franchise and perhaps in the history of cinematic imagery, this ivory-coloured bikini holds a special sentimental and historic value as the outfit of choice for the very first Bond girl.

The Most Famous Swimsuit in The World is Up For Auction in Los Angeles

Auctioned as a complete two-piece set, bikini top which was constructed upon Andress’ personal underwire bra is covered in ivory cotton with the cups darted and ruched panels, gathered and cinched in the center by a decorative bow tie, features an integral back strap which is fastened by a hook and eye closure with 2-fabric arm hoop straps, alongside a pair of matching bikini briefs, lined in sheer cotton and ornamented with pleated fabric and hoop detailing on both hips and with a hook and eye closure on the left side.

Starring alongside Sean Connery, a full 58 years have passed since Ursula Andress’ astonishing on-screen debut, which catapulted her to immense stardom. The scene Ursula Andress’ emerging from the water, is now lionized as a classical moment in cinema, has since been copied and parodied innumerable times – thus granting the bikini equal notoriety, as it has become arguably the most famous swimsuit in the world.

Though not the first time this two-piece has faced the underside of a hammer, especially since Ursula Andress has auctioned the set on her own in London 2001, its presence at any auction remains extremely rare, making it a coveted piece for all cinematic enthusiasts. Taking place online and in Los Angeles from 12th to 13th November, the auction is expected to include other remarkable finds including Roger Moore’s monogrammed pyjama ensemble from Live and Let Die, the gray signature jacket worn by villain Ernst Blofeld in Diamonds are Forever, and Jane Seymour’s emerald psychic cape and headdress from Live and Let Die.


 
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