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Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye at Bonham's Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale

23 May, 2018

On 13 July at its Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, Bonhams will offer the ultimate Bond car – the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye. The estimate is £1,200,000 - £1,600,000 (€1.4m - €1.8m / $1.6m - $2.1m).

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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 F355 GTS through the hills above Monaco.

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2001 Auction
In 2001 the car was first sold at auction. Entrepreneur Max Reid patiently held on through fierce bidding to purchase the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 used in the film GoldenEye on the 14th February 2001 at Christies.

The sale was one of more than 250 lots from all 21 Bond films, all for auction at the largest ever sale of gadgets and garments from 007 movies.

The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 was sold for £157,750 and made the Guinness book of World Records as the highest price ever paid for James Bond memorabilia at the time.

Following the sale Mr Reid said: "I think I got the Aston Martin for a bargain, a great price and I would have paid much more for it. February 14 is a big day for my wife. I had two reasons for the purchase - it's a great present for my wife and it will be wonderful publicity for my business as well. This is the first auction I have been to, but I am a big fan of James Bond."

The entrepreneur now stands to get a great return on his investment.

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The DB5 has been on display at both The National Motor Museum and recently the Bond in Motion exhibition at Covent Garden. 

Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars Department Director, commented: "The DB5 is one of the most recognisable and desirable British classic cars in the world - it is also the ultimate Bond car. 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."

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The Silver Birch with Black Leather DB5 will be on display at Bonhams Aston Martin Sale on 2 June at Englefield House, Reading and sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on Friday 13 July 2018.

Current owner of the car Max Reid has created a website about the car on

More information about the sale can be found on the website.

All photos of the DB5 © Marc Wilmot

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato '2 VEV'
Although the DB5 is a major attraction of the upcoming auction, the most expensive star of the show might be the 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, Registration no. 2 VEV, the most valuable British motor car ever to be offered at a European auction.

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Essex Racing Stable team 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato '2 VEV' is the most celebrated of all of the Newport Pagnell marque's early 1960s Grand Touring cars, and arguably the most important of all of Carrozzeria Zagato's creations, with an incredible history. This truly charismatic competition car is to be offered - absolutely fresh from 47 years in single-family ownership - at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13 July. Find out more on Bonhams.

At the same auction, a Land Rover Defender used in SPECTRE wil be offered.

Don't forget to enter the latest Bond Lifestyle contest to win a Turnbull & Asser Casino Royale Shirt and Bow Tie!


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