James Bond’s Aston DB5 sells for Â£2.9million American businessman spends big to buy 007′s gadget-packed 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
James Bond’s famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5 has sold at an auction in London. The car is the actual Aston driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball, and still retains its full complement of operational ‘Q-Branch’ gadgets. The DB5 was sold by RM Auctions for £2.6million, which means a total bill of £2,912,000, including the auctioneer’s commission.
The successful bidder, Harry Yeaggy, an American businessman, is only the second ex-factory owner of James Bond’s ride. Â The car’s seller, Mr. Jerry Lee, an American radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, US, purchased it directly from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory for ,000 in 1969.â€¨Â
“This is a car that I’ve always wanted, after all it is the most famous car in the world,” said Mr. Yeaggy about the purchase of the Bond DB5. “My plan is to display it in my private car museum in Ohio just as it is.”â€¨Â
In addition to getting the most famous Bond car of all time, the sale includes some commemorative Dormeiul ‘Vanquish II’ fabric, which is woven with solid gold thread by famous British tailoring house Gieves & Hawkes. The Savile Row firm dressed Sean Connery for all six of his appearances as James Bond, and will make the winning bidder a £30,000 suit from the material.
And as if that’s not all, the 007 DB5’s new owner also gets an exclusive seven-night stay for 10 guests valued at £40,000 at the relaunched GoldenEye Resort in Jamaica – Ian Fleming’s original Caribbean Estate.
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