The steel-rimmed hat famously worn by hitman Oddjob in Goldfinger has been valued at up to £30,000.
Now minus the famous metal rim, the headwear from the James Bond film was valued on the Antiques Roadshow.
It belonged to assassin Oddjob, played by Harold Sakata in the 1964 film, which starred Sean Connery as 007, Gert Frobe as the titular villain and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore.
It is widely considered as one of the greatest of the 24 Bond films released since the first, Dr No, in 1962.
The owner of the hat said he was a big 007 fan as a child and his brother-in-law, who was a driver for Aston Martin during the filming of Goldfinger, asked Pinewood Studios if they had any memorabilia.
The studio gave him Oddjob’s bowler hat, but removed the metal rim.
“As a young lad, everybody wanted to throw the Oddjob hat, and if you look at it, everybody did throw the hat because it’s absolutely in pieces because it didn’t have the steel in it anymore, so therefore whenever it landed it damaged it,” the owner said.
The Bond item was part of a collection of 007 memorabilia brought to Antiques Roadshow when it filmed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales last summer.
Last month, five deactivated guns used in Bond films, estimated to be worth more than £100,000, were stolen from a property in north London.
They included Beretta “Cheetah” and Beretta “Tomcat” pistols and a Llama 22 calibre handgun from Die Another Day, the Walther PPK handgun used in A View to a Kill, and a Revolver Smith and Wesson 44 Magnum featured in Live and Let Die.
The release date for new Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back seven months due to coronavirus.