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OTRC: Daniel Craig's 'unwashed' James Bond swimsuit sells for $72K at auction

Daniel Craig appears on in a still from the 2006 film, 'Casino Royale.' (Columbia Pictures)

Daniel Craig's skimpy "Casino Royale" swim trunks sold for nearly $72,000 at a James Bond charity auction in London.

Dame Judi Dench, who portrays Bond's boss M in the franchise, introduced the auction saying cheekily, "All I'm going to tell you is they're unwashed," according to BBC News.

The infamous navy and baby blue La Perla swim trunks were offered at a starting bid of $5,000 at "50 Years of James Bond The Auction," which was held by Christies and Eon Productions. All the proceeds from the auction went to benefit twelve charitable institutions, including UNICEF UK and Childline.

The auction marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first film in the James Bond franchise, "Dr. No," which starred Sean Connery and opened in theaters in 1962. October 5 is also officially known as Global James Bond Day.

The auction also featured 50 other items of 007 memorabilia, including the Aston Martin DB5 used in "Casino Royale," a set of tarot cards from "Live and Let Die" and a Snooper Dog robot from "A View To A Kill."

Craig will soon reprise his role in "Skyfall," the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise. British singer Adele released the theme song for the film on October 5.

"Skyfall" is directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes. Filming took place in Turkey as well as Scotland, England and Shanghai, China. It is the third franchise film for Craig, who played James Bond in the films "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."

A recently released trailer shows Daniel Craig's Bond coming back from the dead and a blond Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Silva.

The new Bond film is set for release on November 9. Watch the trailer below.

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