Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art Info-1964 James Bond Aston Martin Sells for $4.1M in London Auction

Original 1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5, which sold for $4.1 million in an auction in London: RM Auctions

(Story reported by Natalie Shutler for Art 

LONDON—James Bond's 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5, driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger," the classic film of the same year, made a hammer price of £2.6 million ($4.1 million) at an automobile sale at London's RM Auctions today, while falling far short of its £3.5 million ($5.5 million) low estimate. The auction house had hoped it might sell for as much as $10 million.

The Aston Martin — fully equipped with a bulletproof windows, an ejector seat, and twin machine guns — made its dramatic first appearance in "Goldfinger" when the hapless (but endearing) technology expert Q shows Bond the car's "rather interesting modifications," which can be operated by switches in one of the car's armrests. Connery's disbelief about the existence of an ejector seat prompts Q's infamous cinematic one-liner,

"I never joke about my work, 007."

The car was offered for sale by Philadelphia-based radio broadcaster Jerry Lee, who purchased the vehicle from the Aston Martin factory for $12,000 in 1969, after it had gone on a lengthy promotional tour in support of the Bond movie franchise. The proceeds from the auction will go toward Lee's charity work, which is focused on solving social problems associated with poverty, Bloomberg reports.

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