The world-famous James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 movie car driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” and factory-fitted with the full complement of operational Q-Branch gadgets, was sold at auction in London Oct. 27 in front of a packed house for $4,608,500 (including 12 percent buyer’s premium). The sale was conducted by RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s.
“RM has just established the price of fame,” said Rob Myers, chairman and founder, RM Auctions. “We had a fabulous time during the promotion of the sale of 007’s DB5 and we’re really pleased to have been able to assist with finding it a great new home.”
Buyer Harry Yeaggy (left) with RM Auctions’ Rob Myers in front of the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car. (Tom Wood photo courtesy of RM Auctions)
The successful buyer, Harry Yeaggy, an American businessman, is only the second ex-factory owner of Bond’s ride. (Yeaggy was also the buyer of the Duesenberg Special for $4,050,000 in Monterey in 2004). The DB5’s seller, Jerry Lee, an American radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, Pa., purchased it directly from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory for $12,000 in 1969.
“This is a car that I’ve always wanted, after all it is the most famous car in the world,” said Yeaggy about the purchase of the Bond DB5. “My plan is to display it in my private car museum in Ohio just as it is.”
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.
“The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years,” said Lee.
Results of RM Auctions’ fourth annual Automobiles of London sale are available by visiting www.rmauctions.com.
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