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James Bond’s Goldeneye Aston Martin DB5 to star in Bonham’s Goodwood sale


Bonhams will offer a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that appeared in popular James Bond movie Goldeneye (1995) in its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on July 13.

The annual auction takes place against the backdrop of this iconic hill climb event and will feature a fabulous array of classic cars.

This DB5 can be seen in the movie’s opening, as James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) races it through the mountains of Monaco. It’s valued at £1.2m-1.6m ($1.6m-2.1m).

The car features a powerful 282bhp engine and is finished in silver birch. It’s one of two DB5s used during stunt sequences. The other is still around today. It recently appeared in 2015 Bond movie Spectre.

Sholto Gilbertson, director of Bonhams’ motor car department, comments: “The DB5 is one of the most recognisable and desirable British classic cars in the world – it is also the ultimate Bond car.

“Every fan remembers Pierce Brosnan tearing through the hills in this car, and it must be up there as one of the most thrilling Bond car chases in history. This Aston Martin is something very special indeed.”

This car sold for £140,000 in 2001, then a record sum for a piece of Bond memorabilia at auction. That was exceeded in 2010, when a DB5 used in Thunderball and Goldfinger realised £2.6m (then $4.6m).

The sale will also feature a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato that was once raced by legendary British driver Jim Clark.

This DB4 GT Zagato is billed as the most valuable car ever offered in a European auction (Bonhams)

This DB4 GT Zagato is billed as the most valuable car ever offered in a European auction (Bonhams)

Only 19 of these astonishingly beautiful cars were made in collaboration with Italian coachmaker Zagato. The curving lines more closely resemble a Ferrari, albeit one painted in British racing green.

Valued in excess of £10m ($13.3m), it looks close to beating the all time record for a British car at auction – set at $22.5m for an Aston Martin DBR1 last year.

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