The world’s most famous car, the 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond 007 movies “Goldfinger” and “Thunderbirds”, sold at auction in London Wednesday for a lower-than-expected four million dollars.
The James Bond car was earlier expected to sell in excess of $5 million by RM Auctions, the car auctioneer who handled the auction.
A spokesman for RM Auctions said that the sale price was “still a lot of money and I don’t think anyone’s disappointed.”
The auctioneers did not release the identity of the buyer, who paid 2.6 million pounds (4.1 million dollars, three million euros) for the Aston Martin.
This authentic Bond movie car is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ‘Q-Branch’ gadgets.
The car is also equipped with machine guns, bullet-proof shield, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, revolving number plates and smoke screen, all controlled by “toggles and switches hidden in the centre arm-rest.”
The gear stick top flips up to reveal the red ejector seat button. It also has a homing radar and a telephone mounted inside the driver’s door panel.
“The machine guns, as you can see, do come out of their intended place. As far as I know, they don’t shoot bullets, but then again, I haven’t tried,” Don Rose, a car specialist for the auctioneers, told AFP.
“He’s owned it now for 41 years, and it’s spent most of that time in a special room built in his house,” Rose said.
“It’s been out of the public eye, with one or two exceptions, for over 30 years.”
On being at the wheel, Rose added: “I’m a DB5 owner myself, so I do know what such a car feels like to drive. However, this one, because of its unique provenance, makes one feel very special.
“On one hand, it was a thrill; on the other, it was always in the back of my mind that I didn’t want to be the one to go down in history as the man who crashed the most famous car in the world,” he added.
The car has been on tour over the past five months, with appearances in Britain, Germany, Monte Carlo, New York and Hong Kong.
The car was sold by U.S. radiobroadcaster Jerry Lee of Ohio, who bought it for $12,000 in 1969. Jeff Lee says he will use the proceeds from the sale to help finance his non-profit foundation.
Admission to the sale in Battersea, south London, required the purchase of an official auction catalogue available for 50 pounds.
The successful also gets a stay at the GoldenEye Island Outpost Resort in Jamaica, the original Caribbean estate of Ian Fleming, the British author who created James Bond, and a custom-made suit woven with gold thread made by the tailors who dressed Connery as Bond.
The 18-acre GoldenEye resort, once named one of the 25 Sexiest Places on the Planet (GQ Magazine), sits high on a ridge on Jamaica’s north shore, overlooking Caribbean waters and surrounded by tropical forests. James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, called Goldeneye home, and he’d certainly approve of what music mogul Chris Blackwell (pictured below) has done to the place since taking over.
James “Licensed To Kill” Bond Aston Martin DB5…….a car “licensed to thrill.”