The legendary 007 Aston Martin DB5. You know the one. Featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball. Driven by the original, and some say the best, James Bond - Sean Connery. Now, you can operate all of its legendary gadgets. Fire the front-wing machine guns. Deploy the front and rear battering rams. Spray oil and nails from the rear taillamps. And push that famous red button on the gear stick that ejects someone through the roof. While you're there, check out the period photos of the car and American businessman Jerry Lee, who bought it in 1969. See it now, before it vanishes again on October 27 at the RM Auctions Battersea Evolution event, in association with Sothebys. This could be your last chance.
RM Auctions announces the consignment of one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car – to its annual ‘Automobiles of London’ event at the Battersea Evolution in London on 27th October, where it is available for sale for the first time in history and expected to achieve in excess of £3.5 million GBP (over $5 million USD). The car is being offered by RM in association with Sotheby’s, with whom RM has worked in the past. Known as "FMP 7B" and "The Most Famous Car in the World", this is the last of the original film cars and includes all Q's gadgets installed by Aston Martin. The vehicle was the epitome of 1960s cold war, spy-genre that Mi6 British Intelligence "conceived" to help Ian Flemming's Agent 007 vanquish evil. Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale of FMP 7B to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention. The Foundation supports programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University (UK), as well as in Australia, Norway and Washington, DC. It is also responsible for the establishment of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, for which Mr. Lee received a Swedish knighthood in 2008.