James Bond Aston Martin DB5 sells for £2.9m at charity auction
An Aston Martin DB5 stunt car, used on screen in the latest James Bond film No Time To Die, has been sold at auction for £2,922,000.
The Silver Birch replica DB5 was sold by Aston Martin at Part 1 of Christies' 60 Years of James Bond auction to raise money for The Prince's Trust, and charities that help veterans of the special forces and intelligence agencies.
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The car, with working stunt props including an LED licence plate and headlight gatling guns, was one of 25 lots sold at the Christies live auction on Wednesday, 28 September, 2022, which raised £6,103,500 in total for 45 different causes.
The total far exceeded Christies overall pre-sale estimate of around £5m. 100% of the 25 lots sold, with bidding from the auction room competing fiercely with international collectors and fans registered from 17 countries bidding online and on the telephone for the vehicles, watches, costumes and props associated with 2021’s No Time To Die, as well as six lots celebrating each of the six actors who have played James Bond.
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The total was boosted by a number of items which sold for much higher prices than they were originally estimated for, including an Omega Seamaster worn by Daniel Craig in No Time To Die that sold for £226,800, against a high estimate of £20,000.
A Swarovski crystal-mounted, green enamel and gold-plated prop egg, commissioned from Asprey for the 1983 Roger Moore James Bond film Octopussy sold for an incredible £327,600 against an estimate of £6,000-£10,000, with all proceeds going to Moore's beloved UNICEF.
The gown worn by Ana De Armas in No Time To Die sold for £37,800 against an estimate of £8,000-£12,000, while Rami Malek's noh mask and snow suit from the opening of that film sold for £107,100 against an estimate of £8,000-£12,000.
The Q jet boat, driven by Pierce Brosnan in the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough sold for £126,000, against an estimate of £20,000-£30,000.
Anyone who missed out is urged to continue bidding online for the 36 lots, spanning the twenty-five films with posters, props, costumes, memorabilia and experiences, which are available in the Online Sale, Part II, Sixty Years of James Bond.
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Bidding remains open until 4pm (BST) on James Bond Day (Wednesday, 5 October 2022) at christies.com/james-bond. Lots still on offer include a number of original movie posters, the cello case from The Living Daylights (£5,000-£8,000), and the dress worn by Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me (£5,000-£8,000).
Watch: Get a closer look at the Aston Martin DB5