George Harrison’s Aston Martin DB5 auctioned for £350,000

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 9, 2011

After a bout of intense bidding at COYS True Greats Auction in London, an Aston Martin ordered by Beatle George Harrison in 1965 sold for £350,000. The DB5/1896/R was built in late 1964 and was offered as new on Jan. 1, 1965 through Brydor Cars of Brooklands in Surrey. The current auction took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster.

The winning bidder, who resides in Houston, Tex., said that he believes George Harrison would be “amazed” that the money spent on this car will be used for “Christian causes."

Patti Boyd, who was George Harrison’s wife when the DB5 was his, became briefly re-united with the car as it was displayed at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. According to Chris Routledge, Managing Director at car auction house COYS, this car went over its estimate of more than £150,000.00. The auction was able to sell more than £4.5 million pounds worth of cars sold.

A Cord 810 Phaeton that had once been owned by Page and Duncan Bannatyne was sold for £80,000. Meanwhile, a Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster kept in an Edinburgh garage for the past 23 years sold for £343,000, around £100,000 higher than was estimated. A Mercedes Benz 540 K that had once been owned by Bernie Ecclestone was previously estimated at £500,000, but it sold for £864,000.

It’s practically every guy’s dream to be called 007 as their codename. But there’s more to James Bond than being a spy. Bond films have been renowned for involving Aston Martins in a car-chasing scene. After all, Aston Martin is 007’s official car ever since Ian Fleming created the character. (Just imagine: hot car, hot drive, hot women and so on). But not known to all, the first Aston Martin that made it to the plot was actually a DB2/4 and not the DB5 as others believe.

In fact, stunt driver Ben Collins was the one who convinced Fleming to use an Aston Martin instead of a Bentley. Alex Riley recounted how the Triumph Stag had only cost £5,000 during that time. The same model (in Saffron Yellow) appeared in the film “Diamonds are Forever” where Sean Connery drove it all the way to Amsterdam. In 1998, the yellow Stag was sold for £20,700. See the difference?

Meanwhile, the “Bond in Motion” exhibit is showcasing 007’s legendary supercars. Bruno Senna (racer) and Will Best (diehard fan of 007) are among those who attended the event. Senna even took an Aston Martin DB3 for a test drive. The DB3 model is specially made for racing and was popular during the races held in Le Mans and Sebring. In 1952, the same Aston Martin won the Goodwood Nine hour racing event.

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