The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 formerly owned by Paul McCartney sold for $1,811,994 Saturday at Bonhams’ Bond Street Sale, where a Radford-modified 1966 Mini Cooper S formerly owned by Ringo Starr brought $137,768.
“Supercars and Superstars” was the theme for the auction, which also featured two cars formerly owned by Elton John. A 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud used as the wedding car for Madonna’s wedding to Guy Ritchie also was on the docket.
For the day, 20 cars were sold for more than $9.875 million.
The ex-McCartney DB5 was the top sale at the auction, during which Aston Martin’s claimed three of the four highest prices. Second was a 1965 DB5 Vantage saloon that sold for $1,118,170, and fourth was a 1962 DB4 “Series V” sports saloon at $695,843.
Yet another Aston Martin, a much more recent 2004 DB7 Zagato coupe, also was among the top-10 sales at $484,679.
In addition to the two vehicles formerly owned by members of the Beatles, a 1959 Bentley S1 Continental and a 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur, both formerly owned by Elton John, sold for $493,792 and $243,349, respectively. Prices reported include buyer’s fees.
Top 10 sales, Bonhams’ Bond Street Sale 2017
- 1964 Aston Martin DB5, $1,345,500
- 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, $1,118,170
- 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-liter ‘Le Mans Replica,’ $756,175
- 1962 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series V,’ $695,843
- 1937 Alvis 4.3-liter ‘Short Chassis’ tourer, $680,760
- 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona,’ $629,585
- 1959 Bentley S1 Continental, $493,792
- 2004 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato coupe, $484,679
- c. 1966 Ford RS2000 Evolution Group B, $379,097
- 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-liter S coupe, $250,891
(Prices include buyer’s fees.)
Bonhams concludes its 2017 collector car auction schedule with another sale Wednesday in England, where its Olympia sale features classic British marques including a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that has been used as a daily driver for the last three decades, a 1929 Invicta 4 1/2-liter tourer owned by the same family for 88 years, and a 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III originally purchased by the Malaysian royal family and featured in the 2010 movie London Boulevard, and a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III touring limousine that was Gen. Bernard Montgomery’s World War II staff cars and hosted Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and King George VI.