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One of Britain’s most iconic vehicles, owned by one of its most iconic stars, will be heading to RM Auctions in London estimating to fetch an impressive $482,880 – $611,650 (£300,000-£380,000).
Good day, Mr. Bond, your old Aston Martin DB5 is here. The British touring car that made cinematic history almost 50 years ago makes a return in Skyfall, the latest film in the James Bond 007 franchise.
Caught on the set during a chase sequence, the classic DB5 adorns the original number plate, BMT 216A, as seen in Goldfinger, where the Aston made its first appearance. Since then, the years have been kind to the quintessential Bond car as its handsome good looks made repeated appearances in Thunderball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Casino Royale.
While the length of screen time given to the Aston is unclear, it’s hard to deny that this cinematic icon can heavily contribute to a Bond film’s success. Other vehicles spotted on the set include the Jaguar XJ-L luxury sedan a Land Rover Evoque SUV, and a Land Rover Range Rover camera car.
Check out amateur footage of the James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ set after the jump.
Sean Connery embodied cool as James Bond, driving around in an Aston Martin DB5. You can build yourself a little piece of iconic film history– you’ll feel just like Q after you make a 1:8 replica of the classic spy car used in Goldfinger.
EON Productions and Aston Martin have partnered with GE Fabbri Ltd to offer a special series of part-work magazine and car parts that will be delivered to the subscribers over 85 weeks so you can rebuild a complete model of the car.
No detail has been overlooked – in fact, actual blue prints of the DB5 model were used to recreate every part, right down to the tiny screws. These parts will be delivered with an issue of a special edition part-work magazine by GE Fabbri spanning 85 weeks. While you’re waiting for the next issue to arrive, you can read the current magazine for detailed accounts and pictorials about the making of the movie. And to make sure you don’t miss a single issue, GE Fabbri has created new logistical networks and systems so that you’ll always be guaranteed safe and timely delivery of these limited edition magazines.
Take a look at the video of the model DB5 after the jump. It’s a pretty cool collector’s item that will keep the James Bond fanatic in your life busy for the next year or so. You can order the Aston Martin BB5 replica model online.
[Source: Born Rich]
At the annual RM Auction in London yesterday, American businessman Harry Yeaggy purchased the iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in two James Bond Films. The price? An astonishing $4,600,000.
The car was owned by Jerry Lee, of Philadelphia, PA who bought the car from Aston Martin Lagonda in 1969 for $12,000. Lee, who founded the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology at Cambridge will donate the proceeds to his own charity, the Jerry Lee Foundation, which works to fight the root causes of poverty and crime.
The vehicle is reportedly roadworthy in the U.K., even with the machine guns behind the headlights – although we have to think that at $4.6 million, it’s certain to be tucked away in a museum collection.
It’s arguably the most famous car in the world, but the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond in the film Goldfinger, is to be joined at RM’s Automobiles of London auction on October 27th by other Bond artifacts – namely a Hiller UH-12 Helicopter piloted by Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), in the same film, plus a more recent Bond vehicle, a 1998 Jaguar XKR used in the Iceland chase sequence in 2002′s Die Another Day.
This was one of three such cars prepared for filming that featured all-wheel drive and an onboard weapons system and until recently was the property of the Jaguar Heritage Trust.
On a final note, although not directly Bond related, a 1969 Lamborghini Islero, driven by Sir Roger Moore in the film The Man who Haunted Himself, will also be up for auction at RM’s Automobiles of London. For more information on this prestigious event, click on the link below.
[Source: RM Auctions]
The last Aston Martin DB5 used in the original James Bond movies will go up for auction at an auction being held in London at the end of October.
The iconic silver sports car comes with all of the usual gadgets, including machine guns, rotating license plates, an oil slick, ejector seat and bulletproof shield. The car was purchased from the Aston Martin factory by Jerry Lee, an American broadcaster. Lee paid $12,000 for the car, a hefty sum in those days, and the vehicle has remained in his collection for 40 years.
RM Auctions, the firm selling the vehicle, expects the Aston to go for roughly $5,000,000, with all proceeds going to the Jerry Lee Foundation, a charity designed to help combat crime and social problems brought on by poverty.
[Source: Auto Express]