Ursula Andress set a precedent for Bond Girl sexiness that has lasted a half-century when, playing Honey Ryder, she emerged from the sea in Dr. No. But the famous white cotton bikini she dons didn’t fit her like a glove by chance. Andress herself worked with costumer Tessa Prendergast Welborn to sew one that fit just right. A knock-off white bikini appeared on a Playboy cover model, Cynthia Maddox, in 1964.
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Years later, after the Swiss actress found the bikini in her attic, according to the BBC, she put the item up for auction. It was predicted to take in £50,000, in a Bond-themed auction at Christie’s in London on Feb. 14, 2001, but sold for a bit less than that—£35,000 before taxes (a bit more than $50,000 at the time). The winner of the auction was Robert Earl, co-founder of Planet Hollywood.
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