Paul McCartney’s DB5 tops Bonhams’ celebrity sales celebration

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Paul McCartney’s DB5 tops Bonhams’ celebrity sales celebration
Formerly owned by Paul McCartney, this 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold for more than $1.3 million at Bond Street Sale | Bonhams photos

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.

Paul McCartney’s DB5 tops Bonhams’ celebrity sales celebration
Ringo Starr’s Mini had modified cargo area designed to fit his drum set

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.

Paul McCartney’s DB5 tops Bonhams’ celebrity sales celebration
Two Bentleys formerly owned by Elton John were sold at the sale

Top 10 sales, Bonhams’ Bond Street Sale 2017

  1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5, $1,345,500
  2. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, $1,118,170
  3. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-liter ‘Le Mans Replica,’ $756,175
  4. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series V,’ $695,843
  5. 1937 Alvis 4.3-liter ‘Short Chassis’ tourer, $680,760
  6. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona,’ $629,585
  7. 1959 Bentley S1 Continental, $493,792
  8. 2004 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato coupe, $484,679
  9. c. 1966 Ford RS2000 Evolution Group B, $379,097
  10. 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-liter S coupe, $250,891
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(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Paul McCartney’s DB5 tops Bonhams’ celebrity sales celebration
This 1965 DB5 Vantage gained second-high sales figure

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.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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