Described as ‘the most famous car in the world’, James Bonds 1965 Aston Martin DB5 has been sold for a jaw-dropping final price of $6,385,000.
RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale included an ‘Evening with Aston Martin‘ which featured more than 30 of the world’s most sought-after road-going and track-ready Aston Martin sports cars from across the marque’s illustrious history.
The highly anticipated sale was a new event and saw some fascinating and exceptional examples of the brand’s most desirable sports cars change hands for millions of dollars.
1965 Aston Martin James Bond DB5
Most certainly the highlight of the highly charged evening came as a 1965 Aston Martin James Bond DB5 – originally commissioned and used in the promotion of the James Bond film Thunderball – sold for an incredible final price of $6,385,000.
After receiving an initial estimate of $4,000,000-$6,000,000, the result highlights the continued popularity and admiration for this world-famous automotive and silver-screen icon and sets a new record for the most valuable DB5 at auction.
A host of notable collectors gathered to bid in the United States for elite ownership status of a 1965 DB5 Shooting Brake, which eventually sold for $1,765,000
Spending its entire lifetime in Switzerland under the watchful eye of only three private owners, the illustrious Aston is 1 of 12 factory DB5 shooting brakes, with only four examples ever produced as left-hand drive.
Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO Aston Martin Lagonda:
“The interest among collectors and enthusiasts worldwide underscores the enduring global appeal of this great British sports car company.
Aston Martin Lagonda has stood tall at the pinnacle of the British automotive world for over a century. Recognised today for our excellence in design, engineering, craftsmanship and style, we, of course, would not stand in this position without a rich history of iconic models that have helped shape and define what this brand means today.
Thanks to RM Sotheby’s, this event has been, without question, a highlight on the Aston Martin heritage calendar in 2019 and I, for one, look forward to seeing many more sales in the future, in partnership with our exceptional heritage division, Aston Martin Works.”
Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s:
“It was an honour to offer the iconic James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin and Aston Martin Works. We are beyond thrilled with tonight’s fantastic result and proud to have set a new record for the most valuable DB5 sold at auction. Beyond this new auction record, the enormous amount of interest in the car and excitement surrounding it ahead of the auction solidifies its status as the “most famous car in the world,” along with the collector car hobby’s great respect for the Aston Martin brand.”
Full details of the Monterey Sale can be found here.