The gun used by the late actor Sean Connery in the 1962 film "Dr No" [Photo: Reuters]

A handgun used by the late Sean Connery in the first James Bond film sold for Sh28 million ($256,000) at auction in Beverly Hills on Thursday, topping earlier estimates for the piece of Hollywood history, Julien’s Auctions said.

Read Also: Sean Connery's cause of death confirmed

The deactivated semi-automatic Walther PP pistol, which along with its smaller model the PPK became one of the film franchise’s best-known images, was used by Connery in the movie “Dr No” in 1962. Connery, the first James Bond in the franchise, died on Oct. 31 at the age of 90. Julien’s said the winning bidder, who asked to remain anonymous, was an American who had seen every James Bond movie with his or her children.

Read Also: Sean Connery's intense 40-year love affair with wife Micheline

The auction house had previously estimated that the gun would fetch between Sh16 million ($150,000) and Sh22 million ($200,000). A helmet created for Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” also sold at the auction for Sh12 million ($108,000), while a sword used by Bruce Willis in “Pulp Fiction” fetched Sh4 million ($35,2000.