One of the most iconic cars in cinema history is to go under the hammer at a Bonhams auction, to be held at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 13th. The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 is a model that will always be associated with James Bond, the most famous film spy of all, and this silver example starred in the opening scene of the film Goldeneye, released in 1995.
In that scene, Bond – played by Pierce Brosnan in his first appearance in the role – chases a Ferrari 355 driven by the villain, Xenia Onatopp, through the winding roads in the mountains above Monaco. It was first time that an Aston Martin DB5 had appeared in a Bond film since the legendary Sean Connery films of the 1960’s.
The silver Aston Martin, chassis number DB5/1885/R, will be among a selection of stunning lots at the Goodwood sale, including a famous racing 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato – registration ‘2 VEV’ and known the world over – and a highly collectible 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B, which has a guide price of a cool £4.5million.
The Bond car was subsequently used by the production company as a promotional vehicle for the Goldeneye film, and by Aston Martin to help promote the then-new DB7, which took many of its styling cues from the DB5. In 2001, this very car sold to a collector – Max Reid – at auction for £157,000, which made it the most expensive item of Bond memorabilia ever sold.
That record will easily be eclipsed at the Goodwood sale, as the Aston has a guide price of £1.2m to £1.6million, and is attracting collectors interested in both classic Aston Martins, as well as those with a passion for all things James Bond.
We will keep you up to date with the results of the sale at a later date.
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