Owned by James Bond author Ian Fleming, a pair of pearl cufflinks, including what appears to be a 007-style secret code, was sold at auction for £ 5,700.
Fleming, who died in 1964, is believed to have worn them at an afterparty. connect The 1962 movie “007 is Without Killing” starring Sean Connery.
They were purchased by anonymous bidders at the sale of Malams jewelery and watches in Oxford on Wednesday.
Initially, the best offer was thought to be £ 1,200, so the item was sold at several times the quote.
The buyer may have been interested in understanding what appears to be an unknown code behind the cufflinks. Cufflinks are usually worn by men to secure the sides of the cuffs of a shirt.
Items are engraved with “WUS”, “SIL”, “UDH” and “NUF”.
Louise Dennis, head of jewelery and watches at Oxford’s Malams auctioneer, said that even Mr. Fleming’s own family didn’t know the meaning behind the code.
She told Sky News: “Unfortunately, I don’t know what the meaning behind the cufflinks letters is. It’s a great puzzle that we can’t solve.
“Maybe Fleming just wanted to know what he meant, or just share it with someone nearby. I hope someone there can break the code for us.”
Over the years, Fleming has written 14 Bond books and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.
He also worked as a Navy intelligence officer during World War II, where the inspiration for the Bond series began.
Meanwhile, this week’s auction was described as successful after attracting bidders from various countries, including the United States.
Ms. Dennis said: “From readers of Ian Fleming’s novels to apparently James Bond fans, we had an international interest.
“And, of course, recent movies have raised awareness.
“It would be great if someone could understand the meaning of those letters.”
Cufflinks engraved with James Bond writer Ian Fleming’s “Secret 007 Style Code” are on sale at auction | Ent & Arts News
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