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Sean Connery’s classic Aston Martin is up for sale

James Bond, the fictional British secret agent, has driven many different cars in the more than two dozen films in the series. They have included everything from BMW and Bentley to Chevrolet and Ford. But one car, in particular, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, is known as “the Bond car.” machine guns, an ejector seat, and an oil slick maker. More than 50 years later, Connery searched for a 1964 DB5 for himself, and after searching for more than a year, finally bought one, without the weapons and gadgets from the movie car, in early 2018. Connery nearly died. two years later at the age of 90. His DB5, the only one he really owned, will be offered for sale at auction this summer. The car is expected to sell for between $1.4 million and $1.8 million, according to auction company Broad Arrow Group. The car will be offered at the Broad Arrow Group auction in Monterey, California on August 18, the company told CNN Business. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in this car’s pristine condition would normally be worth around $1 million, even if Connery had never been around. that, according to Hagerty. (Hagerty, a company that tracks collectible car values, is also a major investor in the recently founded Broad Arrow Group.) However, the DB5s associated with the James Bond movies have sold for much more than that. A gadget-packed DB5 that was used to promote the original release of the film sold for $6.4 million in 2019. During his life, Connery had often told his children of fond memories of driving the Aston Martin in the movies, his son Jason Connery said in an interview. When they grew up, they suggested to his father that he buy one, but he resisted the idea. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to because it feels a little obvious, you know, with me.’ Jason Connery said. “I said, ‘But forget it, that’s not what this is about.'” Barney Ruprecht, a Broad Arrow Aston Martin specialist who had also consulted with Connery in making the purchase, advised Connery not to buy a car that needed restoration as the job would likely take a couple of years, he said. Instead, he and Connery searched for a car that was in the best possible condition. The car remains almost in that condition, according to Ruprecht, with only a few creases in the seat leather as evidence that it has been sat down. Once Connery bought the car, he painted it black to Snow Shadow Grey, the color of the movie car. In the movies, the car is described as being painted a color called Silver Birch, but the movie was shot with a prototype of the car. DB5, not with a real production car. Silver birch, a color offered on production versions of the DB5, was not available at the time, Ruprecht said, so the car was painted in the slightly flatter, less metallic shade of gray that was offered on the DB5. DB4. However, he said the two colors would have been nearly indistinguishable on film. But after that job was done, there was little time left to drive it. “Unfortunately, as he got older, he was traveling, especially to Europe and then COVID hit and…” Jason Connery said. “You know, unfortunately, he never got to enjoy the car that he had bought.” Connery kept the car at his home in Switzerland, according to Jason Connery. She liked the car so much that she had a picture of it on his desk. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the Connery Family Philanthropy Fund, according to Broad Arrow Group, though the percentage will go to charity. will be announced later. In addition to the car itself, the winning bidder will get a ride in the car of famous retired Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart. Stewart, like Connery, is from Scotland, and the two were longtime friends.

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James Bond, the fictional British secret agent, has driven many different cars in the more than two dozen films in the series. They have included everything from BMW and Bentley to Chevrolet and Ford. But one car, in particular, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, is known as “the Bond car.”

The Bond car that the late actor Sean Connery first drove in the 1964 film “Goldfinger” was an Aston Martin DB5 packed with gadgets like machine guns, an ejection seat, and an oil slick maker. More than 50 years later, Connery searched for a 1964 DB5 for himself, and after searching for more than a year, finally bought one, without the weapons and gadgets from the movie car, in early 2018. Connery nearly died. two years later at the age of 90. His DB5, the only one he really owned, will be offered for sale at auction this summer.

The car is expected to sell for between $1.4 million and $1.8 million, according to auction company Broad Arrow Group. The car will be offered at the Broad Arrow Group auction in Monterey, California on August 18, the company told CNN Business.

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in this car’s pristine condition would normally be worth about $1 million, even if Connery had never been near it, according to Hagerty. (Hagerty, a company that tracks collectible car values, is also a major investor in the recently founded Broad Arrow Group.)

However, the DB5s associated with the James Bond movies have sold for much more than that. A device-packed DB5 that was used to promote the original release of the film. sold for $6.4 million in 2019.

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During his life, Connery had often told his children about his fond memories of driving the Aston Martin in the movies, his son Jason Connery said in an interview. When they grew up, they suggested to his father that he buy one, but he resisted the idea.

“He was like, ‘I don’t want to because it feels a little obvious, you know, with me,'” Jason Connery said. “I told him, ‘But forget it, that’s not what this is about.'”

Barney Ruprecht, an Aston Martin specialist with Broad Arrow who had also consulted with Connery to make the purchase, advised Connery not to buy a car that needed restoration as the job would likely take a couple of years, he said. Instead, he and Connery searched for a car that was in the best possible condition. The car remains almost in that condition, according to Ruprecht, with only a few creases in the seat leather as evidence that it has been sat down.

Once Connery bought the car, he repainted it from black to Snow Shadow Grey, the color of the car in the movie. In the movies, the car is described as being painted a color called Silver Birch, but the movie was shot with a prototype of the DB5, not an actual production car. Silver birch, a color offered on production versions of the DB5, was not available at the time, Ruprecht said, so the car was painted in the slightly flatter, less metallic shade of gray that was offered on the DB5. DB4. However, the two colors would have been nearly indistinguishable on film, he said.

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But after that job was done, there was little time left to drive it.

“Unfortunately, as I grew up, I traveled, especially to Europe. [became difficult] and then came COVID and…” said Jason Connery. “You know, unfortunately, he never got to enjoy the car that he had bought.”

Connery kept the car at his home in Switzerland, according to Jason Connery. She was so fond of the car that she had a picture of it on his desk.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the Connery Family Philanthropy Fund, according to Broad Arrow Group, though the percentage going to charity will be announced at a later date. In addition to the car itself, the winning bidder will get a ride in the car of famous retired Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart.

Stewart, like Connery, is from Scotland, and the two were longtime friends.

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