James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 to be auctioned for charity
Attention all of you wannabe spy guys. This October, the car that hustled the world's best-known secret agent to safety in the "Goldfinger" and Thunderball" epics will be going on the block in London to benefit charity at an RM Auctions event to be held in association with Southebys. The original Bond-spec Aston Martin DB5 -- complete with all of its "Q-Branch" accoutrements from machine guns and an oil-slick sprayer to bulletproof shields and a nail spreader will change hands for the first time since its current owner purchased it from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory in 1969.
While this is the chance of a lifetime to live out your deep-seated fantasies of motoring through a world of international intrigue, the opportunity won't come cheap. Unlike the $12,000 that Philadelphia-based radio personality Jerry Lee paid for this fabled DB5 back then, this legendary supercar -- which still carries its original revolving number plate setup and "FMP 7B" tags -- is expected to bring around $5 million before the gavel finally drops.
Lee, who virtually never exhibited 007's legendary vehicle in public, plans to use monies generated by event to help support a multinational charitable operation he heads that's dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty. It currently supports programs at the University of Pennsylvania and at Cambridge in the UK. Viewing the matter as an ultimate win-win deal, Lee notes: "The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years. Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world."
After having been on static display in Lee's home for many years, this one-of-a-kind DB5 was fully restored and put into running shape by a team from RM Auto Restorations. Prior to the auction on October 27, the car will make its first 21st century public appearance on June 26 at the Bond-themed Midsummer Classic/Thunderball concours and black-tie reception at the Stoke Park Club located outside of London. The site has particular significance for 007 fans, as it was the location of the first confrontation between Bond and the notorious Auric Goldfinger.