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CarsJames Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 Will Be Up For Auction This August

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 Will Be Up For Auction This August

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 Will Be Up For Auction This August
Photo: Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
By Pearl Yan
By Pearl Yan
July 16, 2019
You can now play secret agent in the legendary car driven by Bond. James Bond.

First debuted on screen in 1964’s Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 was the first of five distinct Aston Martin models to be featured in James Bond movies.

Celebrated as one of the most iconic cars ever produced in cinematic history, the British car manufacturer’s 1965 DB5 model—a classic silver birch with black leather interior—is now up for sale at RM Sotheby's, the collector car auction house, in Monterey, California, on August 15.

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Photo: Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Photo: Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Famously known as the car of choice by Ian Fleming's charming secret agent, the Aston Martin DB5 was featured in seven Bond films, including Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Casino Royale (1967), Goldeneye (1995) and Skyfall (2012).

The 1965 model being auctioned was never used on set, but it did appear next to Sean Connery and the film crew during the promotional tour for Thunderball.

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No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture.

Barney Ruprecht, RM Sotheby's car specialist

Photo: Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Photo: Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Estimated to fetch between £3.1 and £4.7 million (approx. HK$30 and HK$45 million) when it goes under the hammer, the 1965 DB5 model has been restored to match all the Bond modifications, featuring adjustable bulletproof screens, Browning .30 caliber machine, tire-slashers mounted on the hubcaps and complete with the famed 007 revolving license plates and an ejector seat—a collector's dream come true.

“These DB5s are amazing,” said Sean Connery, who played James Bond five times in the series. “In fact, I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently.”

For more information, visit rmsothebys.com

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