James Bond Aston Martin sells for $9.4 million

By: Guy Allen - Unique Cars magazine

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DB5 with all the gadgets hits top estimate

James Bond Aston Martin sells for $9.4 million
This Goldfinger promo car fetched nearly $10 millon

One of four Aston Martin DB5s purchased for the 1964 James Bond Movie Goldfinger has just sold at auction, via Sothebys at Monterey, for Au$9.4 million (US$6.4 million).

Two cars were initially ordered from the English firm for shooting, and another two, fitted with several working gadgets (such as a pop-up bulletproof rear screen) were ordered as promotional vehicles. This is one of the latter.

After Eon Productions finished with it, a Lord Bamford owned it for a while, then it went to the USA and lived in Tenessee for 35 years.

The car was last on the market in 2006, when it sold for US$2.06 million. It then underwent a comprehensive restoration by Roos Engineering in Switzerland.

While the latest price is the highest paid for an Aston Martin at auction, some pundits expected it to go even higher.

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