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    Friday, February 19th, 2016
    The Aston Martin DB10 with Daniel Craig.

    The Aston Martin DB10 with Daniel Craig.

    The top lot at the first part of Christie’s sale of James Bond Spectre Memorabilia in London last night was Bond’s Aston Martin which made £2,434,500.  The sale realised £2,785,500.  All profitable proceeds are for charity.  The auction of ten lots was to celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Spectre on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February  22.  Proceeds are for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).  Registered bidders from 25 countries across four continents took part.   Afterwards producer Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented that they were truly delighted that the money raised will help vital medical projects in South Sudan, Syria and Yemen and thanked Aston Martin for donating the Aston Martin DB10.  It is one of a series designed and engineered exclusively for James Bond Spectre. The Day of the Dead costume worn by Daniel Craig made £98,500.  Spectre is the 24th film in the James Bond series.

    The online-only auction of 14 lots, James Bond Spectre: Online, remains open for bidding until February 23 at  Estimates are from £1,000 to £7,000.

    (See post on for January 21, 2016)


    Monday, September 5th, 2011

    Shane Filan's Aston Martin to be sold by Bonhams. UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £348,000 INCLUSIVE OF BUYER'S PREMIUM.

    A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2 Litre Sports Saloon owned by Shane Filan of the Irish group Westlife will be offered by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival on September 16.    The car was Filan’s 30th birthday present to himself, but as he will be touring for the next year or so he has decided to sell it.  The DB5 was found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by marque specialist Desmond J Smail.  It has since been fully restored.

    Works undertaken include a full body-off rebuild: powder coating the chassis; new doorframes and outer skins; and re-bodying in places with new steel where required, the roof and boot being retained. Recognised specialist Bodylines carried out the bodywork restoration, while repainting in Silver Birch was entrusted to specialist Lone Pine Garage. The Aston was returned to DJS for completion, which included a full engine rebuild to 4.2 litres capacity using Cosworth pistons; overhaul of the gearbox and rear axle; reconditioned brake servos and callipers; all gauges overhauled; dashboard repainted; and a full interior re-trim in black leather with matching Wilton carpets. Parts renewed include the wheels, tyres, brakes discs, Cooper nickel pipes, suspension, wiring loom, roof lining, brightwork and exhaust system (now stainless steel). In addition, the car was fitted with air conditioning and a modern Sony stereo system. Only 400-or-so miles have been covered since.
    The car is expected to fetch £250,000-300,000.
    UPDATE:  IT MADE £348,000.


    Thursday, October 28th, 2010

    The Bond Aston Martin which sold for £2.916 million. (click to enlarge)

    THE James Bond silver Aston Martin first driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger”  was sold by RM Auctions in association with Sotheby’s in London on October 27 for £2.6 million (£2.912 million with fees). It was bought by American businessman Harry Yeaggy. He plans to display it as it is in his private car museum in Ohio.

    The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 comes complete with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates, rear bulletproof shield and other spy essentials such as an ejector button. It was used by Connery in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”.
    The seller was Philadelphia based broadcaster Jerry Lee.  He bought it directly from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory for $12,000 in 1969. Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention.