One of the coolest and most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger and Thunderball, will be put up for sale for the first time in history at RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London event on October 27th where it is expected to fetch over $5 million.
Offered by in association with Sotheby’s, the famous Aston Martin is one of only two, and the sole remaining, of the original ‘007’ DB5s. With its “rather interesting modifications” as originally conceived by Oscar-award-winning special effects expert John Stears, the car is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ‘Q-Branch’ gadgets.
These include machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest.
Since 1969 the car has been in the collection of Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster and philanthropist based in Philadelphia. The car is set to make its first 21st century public appearance at the Bond-themed Midsummer Classic / Thunderball concours and black-tie reception scheduled for June 26 at the Stoke Park Club located outside of London, familiar to Bond fans as the site of the first confrontation between 007 and Goldfinger.