James Bond author’s pearl cufflinks inscribed with unsolved secret message go up for auction

James Bond authors pearl cufflinks inscribed with unsolved secret message


Can YOU crack the code on Ian Fleming’s cufflinks? James Bond author’s pearl cufflinks inscribed with unsolved secret message are set to fetch up to £1,200 at auction

  • Bond author’s enigmatic cufflinks inscribed with ‘WUS’, ‘SIL’, ‘UDH’ and ‘NUF’
  • It is the ‘perfect code-breaking mission for any aspiring spies’, says auctioneer
  •  The cufflinks will go on sale at Mallams auctioneers in Oxford on November 17










A mysterious spy-like code has been found on a pair of cufflinks owned by James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Author Fleming wore the cultured pearl set to the ‘Dr No’ post-film screening party in 1962.

They are now due to be auctioned – but contain a 007-esque code made up of a series of letters.

The enigmatic cufflinks, made of pearl, were owned by James Bond author Ian Fleming and will be sold at Mallams auctioneers in Oxford on November 17

The enigmatic cufflinks, made of pearl, were owned by James Bond author Ian Fleming and will be sold at Mallams auctioneers in Oxford on November 17

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The backs of the cufflinks are inscribed with ‘WUS’, ‘SIL’, ‘UDH’ and ‘NUF’ – believed to represent a so-far unsolved secret message.

The enigmatic cufflinks will go on sale at Mallams auctioneers in Oxford on November 17.

Its listing says: ‘Surely a perfect code-breaking mission for any aspiring spies out there.

Ian Fleming served in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II, an experience he drew upon when creating the character of James Bond in the 1952 novel 'Casino Royale'

Ian Fleming served in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II, an experience he drew upon when creating the character of James Bond in the 1952 novel ‘Casino Royale’

The cufflinks are inscribed with the letters 'WUS', 'SIL', 'UDH' and 'NUF' - an as-yet unsolved code

The cufflinks are inscribed with the letters ‘WUS’, ‘SIL’, ‘UDH’ and ‘NUF’ – an as-yet unsolved code 

‘Ian Fleming’s service in the Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, together with his experiences as a journalist, inspired much of his writing for the character of James Bond, an officer in the Secret Intelligence Service.

‘Bond was introduced in the 1952 novel ‘Casino Royale’ and so captured the public’s imagination that Fleming penned eleven further Bond novels, two collections of short stories with subsequent adaptations for film, television and radio.

‘These circular cufflinks, which come to Mallams by family descent, are sure to prove popular with James Bond enthusiasts and carry an estimate of £800-£1200.’



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