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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 for Sale

Goldfinger and Thunderball movie prop to go on auction block.

by on Jun.01, 2010

The DB5, registration number FMP 7B, is one of only two of the original 007 DB5s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond car will be auctioned this fall at the Battersea Evolution in London on 27 October.

What is arguably the world’s most famous movie prop is expected to bring in excess of $5 million, according to RM Auctions, which is handling the sale in association with Sotheby’s.

The DB5 is the only remaining one of the two original 007 DB5s. It was filmed with Sean Connery behind the wheel in the Goldfinger and Thundberball spy fantasy movies.

The car was modified with so-called Q-Branch gadgets, including machine guns, a bulletproof shield, revolving license plates, a tracking device, a removable roof panel, an oil slick sprayer, a nail spreader and a smoke screen – controlled from toggle 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,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

An earlier version of spinners?

“RM is known for world-record-setting results and we expect nothing less for 007′s iconic DB5,” claimed Girardo, who is obviously hoping to increase the sale price and his commission.

There is a reserve price on the car, which of course is confidential.

The DB5 was originally lent to EON Productions for the filming of the two Bond movies, and returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after a promotional tour. Mr. Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, PA, bought FMP 7B for $12,000 in 1969, thereby becoming its only ex-factory owner. It has remained in his possession during the past 40 years, and 7B was rarely seen in public during that time.

Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale to continue the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, which is 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 (UK), as well as in Australia, Norway and Washington, DC. It is also responsible for the establishment of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, for which Mr. Lee received a Swedish knighthood in 2008.

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One Response to “James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 for Sale”

  1. Len says:

    What a great car to cut through traffic!!
    I was 11 years old when the movie came out. Loved it. My aunt bought me a model of the car.It had a small lever underneath. When pulled it would trigger the passenger ejection seat,blowing the roof panel out and sending the plastic passenger flying. So cool.
    Can’t afford the real “boy toy” but had a lot of fun with the model.
    Anybody out there ever see the model??