A ‘James Bond’ Aston Martin DB5 has sold for £5.25 million at RM Sotheby’s ‘An Evening with Aston Martin’ sale in Monterey.
Last month we reported that a mouth-watering selection of classic Aston Martins were heading for RM Sotheby’s ‘Evening with Aston Martin’ sale in Monterey, and the mouth-watering selection of Classic Astons on offer has lead to some pretty stunning sale prices.
Leading the sale was a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 originally commissioned and used in the James Bond film Thunderball, which arrived with a pre-sale estimate of $4-6 million, and ended up selling for $6,385,000 (£5.25 million), proving once again that the Bond connection is of more value than the car.
But although this particular DB5 didn’t actually make it on to screen, it did come equipped with all the gadgets of the movie car including Machine Guns, Tyre Slashers and Bulletproof Shield.
The Bond car price wasn’t a huge surprise, but a price of £1.45 million ($1,765,000) for a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake was, although as one of just four made in LHD (and 12 in total) it is a proper rarity.
RM Sotheby’s Barney Ruprecht said:
It was an honor to offer the iconic James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin and Aston Martin Works. We are beyond thrilled with tonight’s fantastic result and proud to have set a new record for the most valuable DB5 sold at auction.
Beyond this new auction record, the enormous amount of interest in the car and excitement surrounding it ahead of the auction solidifies its status as the “most famous car in the world,” along with the collector car hobby’s great respect for the Aston Martin brand.