Classic sports cars regularly sell for millions on the auction block--particularly when they have a racing or celebrity heritage. It’s not surprising then that the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 piloted by Sean Connery's James Bond in the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball has sold for £2.6 million (approximately $4.1 million) at the recent RM Auctions in London.
As the sole remaining "007" DB5--only one other was built for the movie--the car is eminently collectible. Some unique elements include an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear, all of which added to an expected price tag north of $5 million.
So who was the lucky buyer to scrape it up at the relatively bargain price of $4.1 million? Harry Yeaggy, an American classic car collector who said he may end up using the car as a display fixture in a premium office complex in a major city like Los Angeles or New York. Yeaggy also has a small private museum in Ohio.
The car is in exquisite condition, having been under the protection of the Aston Martin factory for its first five years until sale to its sole non-factory owner, Jerry Lee, in 1969--for a mere $12,000. Over the past 41 years, the car has only been shown publicly on rare occasion, and its sale was certainly a truly unique opportunity for Aston Martin and James Bond fans alike.
Proceeds from the sale will go to the Jerry Lee Foundation, which funds research into methods to reduce and prevent crime. For more details, visit the RM Auctions site at the link below.