Ian Fleming's golfing jacket, tailored in tweed with a loud black, white and turquoise check, and bearing the label of Benson, Perry & Whitley Ltd, inscribed "574, 18/10/63, Ian Fleming Esq.", in fine condition, 1963
'Many unlikely people play golf, including people who are blind, who have only one arm, or even no legs, and people often wear bizarre clothes to the game. Other golfers don't think them odd, for there are no rules of appearance or dress at golf. That is one of its minor pleasures. But Goldfinger had made an attempt to look smart at golf and that is the only way of dressing that is incongruous on a links. Everything matched in a blaze of rust-coloured tweed from the buttoned "golfer's cap" centred on the huge, flaming red hair, to the brilliantly polished, almost orange shoes. The plus-four suit was too well cut and the plus-fours themselves had been pressed down the sides. The stockings were of a matching heather mixture and had green garter tabs. It was as if Goldfinger had gone to his tailor and said, "Dress me for golf you know, like they wear in Scotland." Social errors made no impression on Bond, and for the matter of that he rarely noticed them. With Goldfinger it was different. Everything about the man grated on Bond's teeth from the first moment he had seen him. The assertive blatancy of his clothes was just part of the animal magnetism that had affected Bond from the beginning' (Goldfinger, 1959, p.107). This one assumes is the jacket he should have been wearing, if he had wanted to allay Bond's suspicions; although Jeeves might have thought it a trifle raucous: it is sold with a print from a photograph showing Fleming choosing the cloth, with the tailor's signboard on display. Like the playing cards [see following lot], the jacket derives from a collection of Fleming's personal effects, sold as the property of a gentleman at Sotheby's, 14 December 1989, lot 120. Fleming was to die less than a year after ordering this jacket, on 12 August 1963.