James Bond’s Aston Martin sells for $6.4 million at auction Description video: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 just sold at auction for $6.4 million. It’s one of three surviving examples of the Bond car, commissioned by Eon Productions and outfitted […]
James Bond’s Aston Martin sells for $6.4 million at auction
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 just sold at auction for $6.4 million. It’s one of three surviving examples of the Bond car, commissioned by Eon Productions and outfitted with all the Bond gadgets you’d expect. That includes a Browning .30 Caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-shredders and a rear bullet-proof screen. The car was sold on Thursday night by RM Sotheby’s, which estimated it would sell for $4 million to $6 million.
James Bond’s famous Aston Martin DB5 sold for $ 6.4 million
One of the most famous cinematic cars of all time – James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – sold at auction on Thursday night for $ 6.4 million.
The car, one of three extant copies ordered by Eon Productions for the early Bond films and equipped with all the M16Q Branch gadgets, was sold by RM Sotheby&# 39; s during Automotive Week at Pebble Beach. Vehicle sold slightly above his auction estimate, which ranged from $ 4 million to $ 6 million. RM Sotheby&# 39; s declined to comment on buyer information.
«No other car in history has played a more important leading role in film and pop culture», – says Barney Ruprecht, Automotive Specialist at RM Sotheby&# 39; s who specializes in high-end collectible cars.
This particular the car has not appeared in any Bond films. It was used for promotional purposes for the film «Thunderball» – the 1965 film, which was the fourth in the series, starring Sean Connery. But the car has all the gadgets known from the movie «Goldfinger».
Painted in dark gray, the vehicle is equipped with front and rear hydraulic rams on bumpers, 30-gauge Browning machine gun in each fender, wheel hub-mounted shredders, rear bulletproof shield, dashboard radar, oil and smoke screen dispensers from the tank, revolving license plates and, of course, the passenger seat ejection system, known from the episode with Goldfinger’s assistant.
The driver’s side door also has a telephone and a hidden compartment for storing weapons.
First bought by British collector Lord Anthony Bamford, the car was later bought by the Smokey Mountain Automobile Museum in Tennessee, where it has been on display for 35 years.