Aston Martin brings in millions: auction of James Bond cars goes to tears
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Aston Martin brings in millions
James Bond car auction moved to tears
29/09/2022, 07:55 AM
‘It’s great’: The auction of cars and other James Bond movie props – such as the watch 007 wore or a boat – raises so much money that it is emotionally overwhelming and moves those involved to tears. After all, the millions of proceeds go to a good cause.
An Aston Martin DB5 from the latest James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ has sold at auction in London for around €3.26 million (£2.92 million). The iconic car, featured in an action sequence at the start of the action thriller, was part of an auction held Wednesday at the venerable Christie’s auction house to mark the 60th anniversary of the 007 movies.
The proceeds of the auction will benefit nearly 50 aid organizations and charities. Interested parties from Spain, the US, Canada and Japan, among others, bid by telephone and via the Internet.
An Aston Martin V8, which Bond actor Daniel Craig also drove in No Time To Die, went under the hammer for around 704,000 euros (630,000 pounds) to 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Estimated value usually clearly exceeded
In most cases, the estimated value was significantly exceeded. “This is unbelievable,” Wilson said after the two-hour event, overwhelmed as Broccoli fought back his tears. In addition to several cars, an Omega watch worn by Craig (~$300,000), a replica Fabergé Egg of Octopussy starring Roger Moore (~$400,000), and a boat from The World Is Not Enough starring Pierce Brosnan (about 141,000 euros) auctioned for charity.
Christie’s online auction continues for a week with over 30 additional 007 props. The first feature film about the famous secret agent, “James Bond – 007 Hunts Dr. No”, was released on October 5, 1962.
Various events will take place around the 60th anniversary, including a concert with the music from the Bond films. Stars like Dame Shirley Bassey (“Goldfinger”), Lulu (“The Man With The Golden Gun”) and the band Garbage (“The World Is Not Enough”) are expected next week at London’s Royal Albert Hall.