FINE JEWELS - 05 June
2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
Ring, ‘All the Time in the World’, Charles de Temple, 1969.
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.
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 eye-catching 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’.
UPDATE: 6 JUNE 2019 - SOLD FOR £52,500
Born in Mexico in
1929, Charles de Temple was the illegitimate son of American film
actor Tom Mix (1880-1940). Following his own brief acting career and
whilst living in London in early 1960s, de Temple was part of the
movement, along with Andrew Grima, who created abstract, one-of-a-kind
jewellery. In 1964 de Temple created the unique “Gold Finger” worn by
Honor Blackman at the Premiere of Goldfinger at London's Odeon
Leicester Square. The specially commissioned £10,000 piece of
jewellery also went on display at several receptions held at Odeon
cinemas during the initial release of Goldfinger in 1964.