For sale: James Bond's Aston Martins up for auction
The Aston Martin DB5 that was used in the James Bond movie 'Goldfinger' is seen at the opening of the Bond in Motion 50 vehicles in 50 years exhibition at the National Motor Museum in Beailieu, near Southampton, England Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP / Alastair Grant)
An international auction house is holding a car sale of James Bond’s favourite wheels.
Bonhams aims to sell a host of Aston Martin cars, accessories and associated memorabilia on an English country estate Sunday.
All eyes will be on this year’s top lot, a 1963 DB4 series V convertible that’s one of only 70 ever made, which is expected to sell for between CA$1.2 million and CA$1.3 million.
“Naturally an Aston Martin sale would not be complete without a lineup of 'Bond' cars and this sale features examples of models which have appeared with 007 on the silver screen,” the auction house said in a press release.
“The most iconic of these is, of course, the DB5 which famously featured in Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye, as well as Casino Royale and Skyfall.”
A 1965 example of the DB5, estimated at CA$1 million – CA$1.2 million, is offered in the classic cinematic finish of silver birch paintwork and black leather interior, the auction house wrote.
In 1969, a DBS sports saloon starred alongside George Lazenby’s portrayal of the secret agent in the sixth Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Bonhams is offering an original U.K. market, right-hand drive example from the same year, estimated at CA$174,000 – CA$208,000, fitted with five-speed manual transmission.
By the late 80s, Timothy Dalton had taken on the role of 007, driving a V8 Vantage in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.
The sale features two examples from that year, both finished in metallic Chichester blue, with an estimated sale price of between CA$550,000 – CA$625,000 for the first model and between CA$520,000 and CA$608,000 for the other.
The 20th Bonhams Aston Martin sale will see nearly 70 years of British motor history up for auction, from a 1952 Lagonda to a 2019 Vanquish Zagato shooting brake.
Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in London, England.
The DB5 first appeared in the 1964 movie Goldfinger, the third installment in the Bond series.
Bond 25 is due for release in 2020.