The most famous James Bond vehicle of all time – a silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 --sold for 2.9 million pounds ($4.6 million) at a London auction recently.
This vehicle was driven by Sean Connery in the “Goldfinger” movie and it was also seen in “Thunderball.” It features twin machine guns, revolving number plates, a bullet-proof shield and an ejector seat. Its sale price included 12% auction fees.
Actually, the price falls below the car’s presale minimum estimate of 3.5 million pounds at hammer price. Its top estimate was $10 million.
It was also reported that Ohio-based collector, Harry Yeaggy, was the buyer. Dealers say that extraordinary sports cars from the most attractive marques are making record prices, urging wealthy individuals to buy or sell physical objects while they evaluate the performance of financial markets.
In an interview, Dietrich Hatlapa, founder and managing director of Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), a London-based independent research company, revealed that there are “quite a few valuable pieces” that are about to go on sale.
Hatlapa, a former equities trader at ING Groep NV, believes that this is because owners “think this is a good time to sell” or they consider it as an “alternative asset class that has served its purpose.” It could also be that since the stock market is running well, they’re going back to conventional investments now. [via BusinessWeek]