One Man's Incredible Film Memorabilia Collection Going Under The Hammer

Unreserved Auction of The Adrian Cowdry Collection on October 12 and 13 at Ewbank’s

golden gold bond auctionBond buffs impatient to see the upcoming 25th James Bond film, should head to Ewbank’s, Surrey's leading auction house, for an incredible collection of Bond memorabilia going under the hammer in mid-October.


It is part of an amazing collection of entertainment artefacts, including autographs, collectables and posters, built up by one man, the late Adrian Cowdry, a world-renowned entertainment expert.


From running his own poster gallery in Fulham, to consulting for auction house Bonham’s, Adrian’s knowledge of the entertainment sector was second-to-none. He began collecting memorabilia more than 40 years ago, and started aged just 12 with a passion for James Bond which remained with him throughout his posters


It is being split into more than 500 lots and put up for sale over two days, October 12 and 13, at Ewbank’s Burnt Common auction room, just off the A3 near Guildford.


Alastair McCrea, the entertainment specialist at Ewbank’s, described this as ‘one of the most complete and in depth James Bond collections we have ever seen’.


Among the many British Quad movie posters going under the hammer are a number from the Bond franchise, including The Man With The Golden Gun, Goldfinger and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to name a few.


The top lot is a From Russia With Love British Quad movie poster, which carries a pre-sale estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000. The 1963 film starred Sean Connery and the iconic poster was painted by renowned Italian cinema poster artist Renato Fratini. Brought to London to work at the Downtown agency, he produced some iconic work including Waterloo, Phantom of The Opera, and Khartoum. Known for his individual style, Frantini was one of the best Italian import artists working in London in the 1960s.memorabilia auctions


Alongside the posters, is one of the most unusual lots, and one which will be highly sought after by Bond fans, a replica golden gun, from the 1974 film, The Man With The Golden Gun.


This is a 20th anniversary edition, gold-plated replica manufactured by S.D. Studios (number 220) and comes in a presentation case with combination lock, original documents and certificate. The team at Ewbank’s expect a great deal of interest from collectors across the UK and internationally. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £2,000 and £4,000.


From the 1962 film Dr No, a UK exhibitors’ campaign book with inserts revealing all the details on the advertising campaign making it a must for completists, has an estimate of between £180 and £220. A boxed 1/4 scale figure of Roger Moore, from Sideshow Collectibles, has been valued at between £100 and £150, is one of the many models in the auction.


It’s not just Bond fans who will be delighted by the contents of the Cowdry collection, as Hammer horror devotees, and lovers of classic films, will also have the chance to buy rare posters, autographs and other collectables.surrey auctions


Two Hammer film posters will be on sale. A linen-backed poster for the 1960 film The Brides of Dracula, starring Peter Cushing, estimated at between £1,000 and £1,500; and, from the same year, a framed poster of The Curse of Werewolf, directed by Terence Fisher, which carries a guide price of between £800 and £1,200.


Another rare framed poster from the 1955 classic To Catch A Thief, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, is expected to pique the interest of movie fans all over the world, it carries a pre-sale guide price of between £2,000 and £4,000.


The auction has something for every collector, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a lifetime collection of movie memorabilia. Ewbank’s are pleased to offer this unreserved auction to a worldwide audience through online bidding platforms. For further information or a posted catalogue please contact the office.


vintage poster auctionsThe collection is on view at Burnt Common from October 9 to 11, and the sales commence at 2 pm on October 12 and 13.


If you have items to consign for sale, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.


Live internet bidding through and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available for these sales. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.