James Bond is better known for his espionage work than his charity work, but the impact of the latter shouldn’t be understated. Christie’s recently concluded a high-profile auction focusing on various Bond-related memorabilia, including an Aston Martin DB5 stunt car used in No Time To Die. All told, the proceeds from Sixty Years of James Bond: Part I were £6,103,500 — or just over $6.8 million at the current rate of exchange.
As an article at Car and Driver points out, the proceeds for the stunt car were earmarked for the Prince’s Trust and the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund. The stunt car was estimated to sell for between £1.5 and £2 million, but instead it sold for quite a bit more — nearly double the low estimate, at £2,922,000. (Or $3.25 million.)
As the Car and Driver write-up points out, this DB5 isn’t going to be something you can drive around every day; in fact, it’s not street legal. But assuming its buyer has access to a track, they’ll get an exceptionally high-performance vehicle for their money.
This DB5 wasn’t the only vehicle to sell for significantly more than what was estimated. A Triumph Scrambler stunt motorcycle sold for over four times its high estimate, and an Aston Martin Superleggera also sold for more than the auction house anticipated.
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