The Ohio collector Harry Yeaggy brought home the top prize from Thursday’s RM Auctions Automobiles of London sale, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond film car from “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.”. The car sold for £2,600,000. With the addition of auction fees, the final figure is expected to be over $4,600,00.
The iconic silver car features some extensive modifications including rotating numberplates, ejector seat button and machine guns. This one is the only known remaining of the two DB5s which appeared on-screen in Goldfinger and Thunderball, Bond’s third and fourth outings respectively. The other of those two cars has since disappeared without a trace; it was reported stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed.
Registration FMP 7B, the car sold at auction this week, has been in the possession of Mr Jerry Lee of Philadelphia since 1969. There were rumors at the auction of a proposed £5,000,000 to £6,000,000 sale to undisclosed, mysterious bidders, but Mr. Yeaggy ended up with the car. The bidding opened at £2,500,000. The car received two bids, and Mr Yeaggy’s was the winner.
“This is a car that I’ve always wanted,” Yeaggy said. “After all, it is the most famous car in the world. My plan is to display it in my private car museum in Ohio just as it is.”. Yeaggy’s purchase also netted a family vacation at the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort in Jamaica — built from Bond author Ian Fleming’s former estate — along with a custom tailored suit from Gieves & Hawkes, which crafted suits for Sean Connery’s six Bond roles.
Another Bond film car offered at the sale far exceeded expectations. A 1998 Jaguar XKR special effects car from the film “Die Another Day” brought about £50,000 and 10 percent commission, or about $86,600, against an estimate of £35,000, or $55,100.
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