James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 to be auctioned at Christie’s on Feb 18

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 25, 2016

The Aston Martin DB10 will be auctioned off at Christie’s this coming February 18th. The DB10 is the car that Aston Martin exclusively made for James Bond. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Médecins Sans Frontières. The event is dubbed as ‘Spectre – The Auction’ and while the prime item is the DB10, it will also include 24 other special auction lots.

The event will also commemorate the release of this 24th Bond film in three formats: DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD. This luxury British brand has been part of the Bond films for 50 years. While Aston Martin’s initial foray with these films was with the DB5, the DB10 provides a preview of where the brand’s next generation is headed in terms of design.

The DB10 was created for the film ‘Spectre’ at its headquarters in Gaydon. The model was not only developed but also hand-built by different teams that included designers, engineers, and even artisans. To ensure its exclusivity, only ten units were made for the DB10.

However the model that is up for auction will be the only one in this product line to be offered for private ownership. In addition, it is the only Aston Martin to have been given Aston Martin Works Assured Provenance scheme’s platinum award.

This scheme is the only authorized authentication program that is allowed by Aston Martin in-house. The Assured Provenance program is managed and operated by Aston Martin Works, the brand’s celebrated in-house heritage facility.

The program itself uses the unparalleled knowledge of a committee composed of experts from Aston Martin. One of the processes involved in examining and then authenticating the DB10 is to run a digital scan which is then confirmed and then kept in a very secure archive for any future references.

DB10 has a 4.7-liter V8 engine that runs on petrol and is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox resulting in an estimated maximum speed of 190 mph. The exterior is composed of carbon fiber with the interior also having features in carbon fiber and aluminum with the overall look showing that everything was thoroughly handmade and used the finest of leather.

The Aston Martin DB10 used in the film has mainly been modified but the model to be auctioned off is just one of two “show” cars. What this means is that it has often been displayed and is therefore unmodified and remains in its original form.

This model was shown when ‘Spectre’ premiered at London’s Royal Albert Hall and was even signed by none other than Daniel Craig, the current James Bond. The auction is scheduled for February 18 and will be held at Christie’s auction house located at King Street in London.

Press Release

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN AN ASTON MARTIN DB10 PREDICTED TO RAISE OVER £1 MILLION FOR CHARITY

The Aston Martin DB10 – the first car created exclusively for James Bond by British luxury brand Aston Martin – is to go under the auctioneer’s gavel at the London auction house of Christie’s on 18th February with proceeds donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.

‘Spectre – The Auction’ celebrates the release of the 24th Bond film on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD with 24 special auction lots going under the hammer for charity, led by the Aston Martin DB10.

Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse of the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins. Production of the DB10 was strictly limited to ten examples of the bespoke sports car which was developed and hand-built by the designers, engineers and artisan craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK for the latest Bond film, Spectre.

The DB10 to be auctioned, is the only car to date in the rarest DB lineage to be made available for private ownership. It is also the first ever Aston Martin to receive a platinum award from the Aston Martin Works Assured Provenance scheme. The Assured Provenance process is the first official authentication programme to be provided in-house by Aston Martin. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge of a committee of authoritative Aston Martin experts, the pioneering Assured Provenance certification programme is administered and run by the brand’s world-renowned in-house heritage car facility – Aston Martin Works.

As part of the painstaking procedure of examination and authentication, the DB10 has undergone a digital scan which has been verified and held in a secure archive for future reference.

The DB10 features a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox. It has an estimated top speed of around 190 mph. The car features an all carbon fibre exterior, while the interior has been painstakingly handmade using fine luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium.

Most of the DB10s were modified for use in the filming of Spectre, but the DB10 offered at Christie’s is one of only two “show” cars, which were left unmodified and used for display purposes. This DB10 took pride of place at the world premiere of Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London and has been signed by James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. The auction will take place on 18th February at Christie’s King Street auction house in London.

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