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James Bond's Geiger counter watch sells at auction

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Jun 26, 2013 | 4:54pm EDT

A Breitling watch custom made for Sean Connery to wear as James Bond in 1965 film Thunderball has sold at auction for almost $160,000 (£103,000). The timepiece was expected to go under the hammer at London's Christie's auction house between $62,000 (£40,000) and $93,000 (£60,000). The Breitling model became the first watch modified by 007's gadgets guru Q, and was equipped with a Geiger counter to help Bond detect the emission of nuclear radiation. Actress Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress, which she wore as an 18-year-old bride when she married Conrad Hilton, Jr. in 1950, was also a big hit at the auction - it sold for $189,000 (£122,000), more than double the $77,500 (£50,000) it was expected to fetch.

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