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Ring, 'All the Time in the World', Charles de Temple, 1960s
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 52,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
131
Ring, 'All the Time in the World', Charles de Temple, 1960s
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 52,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Ring, 'All the Time in the World', Charles de Temple, 1960s
The bi-coloured openwork band composed of letters spelling the phrase 'All the Time in the World' around both the exterior and interior, size K, signed C de T, fitted case stamped Charles de Temple.
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a letter from an employee of Charles de Temple, and a facsimile of a letter from the consignor detailing the provenance of the ring.

This distinctive ring was one of only two designed by the jeweller Charles de Temple for the 1969 James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. The ring is central to the film's narrative, as it serves as the wedding ring given by Bond (George Lazenby) to the Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) on the occasion of their wedding, 007's only marriage. The romantic message 'All the Time in the World' spelled out by the ring's design is a recurring theme throughout the film, and  also the title of the film's theme song, performed by Louis Armstrong. However, the phrase also takes on a poignant tone as the final words of the film - Bond's bride is tragically killed by assassins shortly after their wedding, and Bond reads the words on the ring aloud as he cradles her in his arms.

The present owner was a close family friend of Charles de Temple, and received this ring as a gift from one of de Temple's financial backers shortly after the film wrapped.

The ring's eyecatching bi-coloured design and its unusual prominence in the film brought de Temple considerable success, and to meet demand, de Temple produced a limited edition of 50 copies, of a similar design to the original but reading 'All the Love in the World'.  

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