GoldenEye Aston Martin DB5 sells for $3.5 million at Bonhams Goodwood

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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And another special Aston becomes the most expensive British car sold at a European auction

Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction was dream for car nuts with numerous cornerstone collectibles passing under the hammer, and various significant cars ultimately fetching brow-raising prices.

One of the headline pieces, lot 370, was the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, driven by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the GoldenEye film. The DB5 sold for AUD$3,495,217 including buyer’s premium while pre-auction estimates were pegged at A$2.1 million to A$2.8 million

Beyond being steered by Bond (Brosnan) in the iconic spy flick, the car has previously been displayed at the Detroit and Los Angeles Motor Shows, and was previously sold in 2001 for A$270,000 which nabbed it a Guiness World Record for the most expensive piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold.

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The GoldenEye DB5 was sold to the SPYSCAPE, a New York City spy museum, which is already promoting the car on their website.

Another headline lot, and an even more special Aston Martin came in the form of a 1961 DB4GT Zagato, known as ‘2 VEV’, which sold for an absolutely eye-watering A$17,964,329.

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One of just two "VEV" quasi-works cars built and one of only three Aston Martins built upon the ultralight DP209 chassis.

It’s arguably the most significant cars ever penned by Carrozzeria Zagato, and boasts an extensive vintage racing history rivalling in provenance with the most historic Ferrari 250 GTOs.

The car raced by Jimmy Clark and came from a single-family custodian who had owned it for almost 50 years.

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Having raced in the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood in 1961 and 1962, as well as the Le Mans 24 hour and placing as high as 6th in the Paris 1000; the car underwent a full Aston Martin factory restoration in the mid 90s.

Pre-auction estimates were not publically available, but Bonhams previously claimed it to be the most valuable British car ever offered in Europe – a claim well and truly cemented by its final winning bid.

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