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Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger sells for $4.6M [videos]

Bought by American Harry Yeaggy

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball has sold for £2,912,000 ($4,608,500 USD / €3,328,000) at a London auction.

Bought by American Harry Yeaggy, the iconic movie car is original condition and features all of the gadgets used in the Bond movies. Speaking of the latter, the DB5 has a rear bulletproof shield, hidden Browning machine guns, a passenger ejector seat, a nail / calthrop spreader, and an oil slick sprayer. Furthermore, there's futuristic goodies (for 1964) such as a mobile phone and a radar receiver.

According to Yeaggy, "This is a car that I've always wanted, after all it is the most famous car in the world."

Source: RM Auctions

BOND DB5 MOVIE CAR GOES FOR £3 MILLION

The world famous James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 movie car driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball, and factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ‘Q-Branch' gadgets, was sold at auction in London today by RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, in front of a packed audience for *£2,912,000 ($4,608,500 US).

"RM has just established the price of fame," said Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions. "We had a fabulous time during the promotion of the sale of 007's DB5 and we're really pleased to have been able to assist with finding it a great new home."

The successful bidder, Harry Yeaggy, an American business man, is only the second ex-factory owner of the Mr. Bond's ride. The car's seller, Mr. Jerry Lee, an American radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, PA, purchased it directly from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory for $12,000 in 1969.

"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."

Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention. Of particular benefit will be the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology at the University of Cambridge. (http://jerryleefoundation.com/)

"The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years," said Jerry Lee. "Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world."

In addition to acquiring the ‘most famous car in the world', today's winning bidder receives commemorative Dormeiul ‘Vanquish II' fabric woven with solid gold thread from famous British tailoring house Gieves & Hawkes, who dressed Sean Connery with bespoke tailoring for all six of his appearances as James Bond. This certified fabric will be made into a handmade bespoke suit by the craftsmen at Gieves & Hawkes of No. 1 Savile Row, London for an estimated value of £30,000. What better sartorial statement could one make when driving or exhibiting this iconic automobile?

Another exciting and valuable addition for the 007 DB5's new owner is 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. The luxury getaway will enable the guests to revel in the history and the inspirational surroundings where all 14 James Bond novels were written, and sit at Fleming's original desk where the Goldfinger car and Q gadgets were conceived.

*Footnote: The final figures include 12% buyer's premium. Exchange rates: 1GBP = 1.5826 USD/1GBP = 0.6319 Euro

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Comments (6)

 benzboy benzboy
Mr Yeaggy, while your car is cool and memorable, it is not the Most famous car ever, As that would be the Original Batmoblie as the most famous car ever.
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November 1, 2010 10:35 pm
 GTurbo GTurbo
Arrghhh! Some people just won't get it will they?! This is one of the all-time greatest movie cars for crying out loud! Add the iconic green Mustang in Steve McQueen's Bullit to that pantheon of celluloid auto masterpieces. And Eleanor in Gone In 60 Seconds. I digress excuse me; this is 007 theme. Therefore, the white Lotus in The Spy Who Loved Me is also worth a mention of some cars that are exceptionally cast-iron investments. Such cars (mostly classic Ferraris) fetch property values as they appreciate with time, especially with low mileage as they are movie-set cars only as opposed to daily transport. Prestige sport coupes or GTs don't come any more valuable than this!
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October 30, 2010 1:31 pm
 xsive xsive
Lovely car!
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October 30, 2010 7:18 am
 GHERNAS GHERNAS
It has a great history ..
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October 30, 2010 6:34 am
 charlemagne charlemagne
that kind of money for 2 tons of rust...yeah, it makes sense. it's unique - of course it is, after it's an austin martin modified a half century ago by some special effects guys to do special tricks - except it can't do tricks, it just simullate them. it's a bigger toy, nothing else. being a very limited edition toy, a very rare one, it's a collectible. but I wonder who's gonna pay more than 4.6 M - otherwise a poor investment for mr. Yoggy bear, excuse me, mr. Yeaggy.
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October 29, 2010 2:23 pm
 moodyaaa moodyaaa
Nice car. But sorry, does it worth that amount of money? come on!! what kinda collection u could get with that cash
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October 28, 2010 6:49 pm