Actual 1964 James Bond Aston Martin Headed to Auction
LONDON — If a zealous James Bond fan has several million dollars readily available, the actual 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in the Goldfinger and Thunberball movies is going up for sale.
RM Auctions recently announced when the famed vehicle will go on the block, expecting it will fetch in excess of $5 million. The vehicle is scheduled to be part of the annual Automobiles of London sale on Oct. 27.
Auction officials indicated this Aston Martin is the sole unit remaining in existence of the original "007" DB5s with Sean Connery behind the wheel in the enormously popular films. They stressed the original modifications remain intact, including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory-installed toggles and switches hidden in the center armrest.
"Like 'Q,' we never joke about our work, which is why RM is consistently entrusted with the sale of the world's most significant collector cars like the real 007 Aston Martin DB5 movie car," noted Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe.
"RM is known for world-record-setting results, and we expect nothing less for 007's iconic DB5," Girardo continued.
Auction officials recounted that this vehicle was purchased by Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster from Philadelphia for $12,000 back in 1969. Lee has been the first and only owner, and the unit rarely has been seen publicly for the past 40 years.
The company said this Aston Martin will be presented for sale in the original condition because it recently underwent a careful re-commissioning program by RM Auto Restoration. It had been in static display at Lee's home for decades.
Lee explained that he plans to use the proceeds from the vehicle sale to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multinational initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty with an emphasis on crime prevention. The foundation supports programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University in London as well as endeavors in Australia, Norway and Washington, D.C.
"The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years," Lee insisted.
"Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the foundation to do good around the world," he concluded.