James Bond’s ‘GoldenEye’ DB5 going to auction

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The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Pierce Bronsan in 'GoldenEye' is heading to auction | Bonhams photos

The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Pierce Brosnan in the GoldenEye episode of the James Bond movie series will be offered for sale at Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the British auction house has announced.

“The DB5 has become synonymous with James Bond, and this example featured in the famous opening chase scene of GoldenEye where Bond dices with arch villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari through the hills above Monaco,” Bonhams reports in its news release.

“When purchased by the current owner in 2001, the car became the most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold. It has been on display at both The National Motor Museum and the Bond in Motion exhibition at Covent Garden.”

“The DB5 is one of the most recognizable and desirable British classic cars in the world – it is also the ultimate Bond car,” said Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars Department director. “Every fan remembers Pierce Brosnan tearing through the hills in this car, and it must be up there as one of the most thrilling Bond car chases in history. This Aston Martin is something very special indeed.”

The auction is scheduled for July 13, but the car will be on display June 2 at Bonhams Aston Martin sale at Englefield House. 

Bonhams expects the car, originally owned by Eon Productions, to bring £1.2 million to £1.6 million ($1.6 million to $2.4 million) when it crosses the auction block.

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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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  1. No. My dad never drove. I am the car nut in the family. Father of 4 , Grandfather of 5. Got into street racing in the late 60’s with my boys in Brooklyn,NY . I’ve had many hot cars through the years. But my latest ride is a 2003 Corvette Z06 and at 62 years young she just may be my last. But I’ll drive her till “ I go into my last Sunset”

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