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November 1, 2010

James Bond's Aston Martin sold for $4.2 million

CARS/ENTERTAINMENT - Harry Yeaggy, a classic car collector from Ohio purchased James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with a winning bid of £2.6 million ($4.2 million) in a London auction last Wednesday.

"We're going to have a bit of fun with it," said Yeaggy, who took the Aston Martin first made famous by Sean Connery in Goldfinger out for a spin around London that night.

Yeaggy's winning bid at the RM Auctions sale in Battersea came in under the estimated £3 million that experts thought the car would fetch. "I thought a European would get it," says Yeaggy, "but I guess they don't appreciate James Bond like we do."

Yeaggy will be showing the car at his private museum in Ohio.

The Aston Martin DB5 as depicted in the Bond movies has revolving licence plates, Browning machine-guns, an ejector seat, a bullet-proof rear windshield and an early version of today's satellite navigation system.

This one (the only remaining one used in the movie) was previously owned by Jerry Lee, a U.S. broadcasting executive who paid $12,000 US for it in 1969. The proceeds of the auction is going to charity.

Ian Fleming had originally placed Bond in a Bentley, but the filmmakers preferred the Aston Martin because it was sexier.

Bond: "Just taking the Aston Martin out for quick spin Q."

Q: "Be careful 007! It's just had a new coat of paint!"

See Also

Understanding 007

Casino Royale

Rinspeed sQuba

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