The Aston Martin driven by Pierce Brosnan in 1995 hit film GoldenEye will be sold in a UK car auction this summer – and it’s expected to go for a staggering £1.6million.
It’s the very car used in the famous opening chase scene of the ’90s Bond movie, where 007 dices with arch villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari 355 through the hills above Monaco.
When the current vendor purchased the film car in 2001 for £140,000, it became the most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold. Now it’s set to go for more than 11 times what he paid for it 17 years ago.
Cult classic: This 1965 Aston Martin is one of two used in the opening scene of the 1965 Bond film GoldenEye, driven by Pierce Brosnan. It is being sold at auction in July and could fetch £1.6 million
The car was raced by 007 against villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari 355 through the hills above Monaco
If this stunning 1965 DB5 is to retake the crown, it will have to go for £1million over the higher estimated price to match the Aston Martin Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger, which sold for £2.9miilion ($4.6million) at a London RM Auctions sale in 2010.
We won’t have to wait long to see if it steals the record back, as this car goes under the hammer on 13 July at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale.
Before then, it will be displayed at Bonhams’ Aston Martin Sale on 2 June at Englesfield House, Reading, where fans and classic motor collectors can drool over the big-screen beauty.
It won’t be the first time this car has been used as a spectacle since the film hit theatre halls some 23 years ago.
It has been on display at both The National Motor Museum and the Bond in Motion exhibition at Covent Garden.
It was also taken to the Detroit and LA Motor Shows where it was driven onto the display stand by none other than legendary 1950’s racing driver Sir Stirling Moss.
The car available is one of two used for the race sequence and following filming and appearances to promote the release was extensively restored by Stratton Motor Company, including a full respray of the gorgeous Silver Birch paint.
When it sold in 2001 to a British entrepreneur, this car became the most expensive piece of James Bond memorabilia ever
When it was bought in 2001, it cost just £140,000. Now it’s worth more than 11 times that, according to auctioneers
Bonhams will sell the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13 July
It was bought in 2001 by British entrepreneur Max Reid on 14 February 2001 who purchased it at a Bond-inspired auction featuring gadgets and garments from a range of 007 movies.
Every boy dreams of being a James Bond character sometime
Max Reid, current owner
It was reported that DJ and car-nut Chris Evans was interested in buying the car being offered at the Christie’s South Kensington Auction House, but arrived too late to place a bid.
Following his purchase, Mr Reid, who paid just £140,000 for it, said: ‘I think I got the Aston Martin for a bargain. A great price and I would have paid much more for it.
‘I had two reasons – it’s a great present for my wife and it will be wonderful publicity for my business as well. This is the first auction I have been to but I am a big fan of James Bond.
‘Every boy dreams of being a James Bond character sometime.’
Even if it does sell for £1.6 million, it will be £1 million short of the record fee paid for a Bond Aston Martin. That was set in 2010 when the DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger sold for £2.9 million to US tycoon Harry Yeaggy
If it sells for the higher guide price, it would have increased in value by 1043% and pocketed Mr Reid a nice profit of £1.46 million
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Q (Desmond Llewelyn) during filming of GoldenEye
If it sells for the higher guide price, it would have increased in value by 1043 per cent and pocketed Mr Reid a nice profit of £1.46 million.
Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars department director, said: ‘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.’
While the car only made a brief appearance in the 1995 film, it is one scene that is fondly remembered by fans. GoldenEye was the 17th Bond film produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan. The film accumulated a worldwide gross of $350.7 million and spawned one of the most fondly remembered computer games of all time
Once filming and promotion for the movie were completed the car was extensively restored by Stratton Motor Company, including a full respray of the gorgeous Silver Birch paint
The car featured for a near-four-minute opening chase epic that’s crammed with skids, spins and a group of cyclists falling like dominoes at the start of the 1995 film
The guide price Bonhams has set for the DB5 is £1.2 to £1.6 million.
The record-holding Goldfinger car bought by American businessman Harry Yeaggy for £1 million more than that in 2010. It now resides in his vintage collection at a museum in Ohio.
That Connery-driven model features the iconic machine guns poking through the headlights and rotating number plate.
The model even features the champagne cooler that Bond pops open at the end of scene before seducing his by-then petrified passenger
Everything remains original with the car, including the ‘BMT 214A’ number plate
Under the bonet is a 4.0-litre straight-six engine that, when new, produced 282bhp and could propel the DB5 to a top speed of 150mph
While this one doesn’t have those Bond gadgets, it does have the champagne chiller in the centre console so you can keep your bottle of Bollinger on ice just like 007.
The car featured for a near-four-minute opening chase epic that’s crammed with skids, spins and a group of cyclists falling like dominoes.
Everything remains original with the car, including the ‘BMT 214A’ number plate and 4.0-litre straight-six engine that, when new, produced 282bhp and could propel the DB5 to a top speed of 150mph.
With classic car collectors and Bond fanatics likely to duel it out for the 1965 Aston Martin, don’t be surprised if it sells for more than £1.6 million.
Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars department director, described it as ‘the ultimate Bond car’
Before the sale it will be displayed at Bonhams’ Aston Martin Sale on 2 June at Englesfield House, Reading, where fans and classic motor collectors can drool over the big-screen beauty
This exact car has also previously been on display at both The National Motor Museum and the Bond in Motion exhibition at Covent Garden
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