The Aston Martin DB5 that wasdriven by Sean Connery in a number of James Bond films has gone under the hammer and fetched a whopping £2.6m; while this sounds like a lot it’s actually considerably less than the £3.5m guide price set for Wednesday night’s auction.
Even so it becomes one of the most expensive cars ever to be sold at auction joining the likes of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB bought by DJ Chris Evans for more than £6m. With that said it would struggle to even make it into the top 10 and, for such an iconic car, we believe this makes the final price something of a steal.
The car was originally bought for £8,000 in 1969 by US broadcasting boss Jerry Lee and became one of his most prized assets. He has sold it in order to use the proceeds to further his charitable organisation and says that he has enjoyed over 40 years of joy from the car that was featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball and that even now he has sold it he will continue to enjoy as he can continue his charitable ventures.
It is believed that the car will be returned to the US, despite having made the trip over here especially for today’s auction, and will go on display in an Ohio museum.
The Jerry Lee Foundation was set up over 10 years ago in order to help support education and anti-crime programs so the money is going to a very good cause.
The auction took place at Battersea Park today and was part of the RM’s Automobiles of London sale. It’s just a shame that if you want to see one of the greatest and most iconic pieces of British film history you’ll have to hit up the US to see it.