Friday,July 30th, 2010 Motoring News
Bond car makes comebackahead of motor auction
AJAMESBONDAston Martin car proved that the classics always age wellwhen it returned to the scene of aLondon photo shoot it was originallyused in morethan 40 years ago. Thesilver DB5,whichwas drivenbySean
Connery as the super-spyinGoldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), made its comeback ahead of going under the hammer on October 27.
Auctioneers arepredicting the piece of
cinematic history will have aless than vintage price tagand soar away formorethan £3m. Thecar was used in aphoto shoot in 1969 by
its owner,American broadcasting boss Jerry Lee,outside the London Hilton on Park Lane and it has spent muchofits time in the United States since then. Likethe 1969 picture, today’sBond-likeset
up was completed with afemale model dressed in 1960s-style knee-high boots,leaving passers- by shaken butnot stirred. The1964 car is being sold at Battersea
Evolution in London byRMAuctions,together with Sotheby’s. MrLee bought the car for12,000 US dollars in 1969 and hopes the sale will raise money for
his charitablefoundation. He said previously: “The James Bond car
has broughtmemuchenjoyment forsome 40 years.
“Even as Isell it and use the proceeds to fund
the JerryLee Foundation, the car will continue to givemegreatpleasureasitfurthers the mission of the foundation to do good around the world.” MrLee set up his foundation morethan 10
years agotosupporteducation and anti-crime projects around the world.
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