Of Course You Want to Buy James Bond’s Aston Martin

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007's Aston Martin is chased by an Alfa Romero in a scene of the film 'Quantum of Solace.'

Bond’s Aston Martin is up for auction next month at Christie’s — but we’d forgive you if the above image doesn’t convince you to bid. It’s a bit dinged up, dusty and riddled with gashes as it speeds through some winding Italian roads. Granted, the villains chasing 007 at that very moment appear to be simultaneously ramming into his vehicle and spraying it with gunfire. That’s enough to take the shine off of any ultra-luxury dream car. And it’s probably not a good time to tell you that when it starred in Quantum of Solace, the car met a nasty demise at a rock quarry. But, rest assured, it’ll be getting a proper patch-up before you have the opportunity to purchase the vehicle for a jaw-dropping amount of money.

Christie’s has announced a charity auction beginning in late September, with Bond’s flashy wheels, the six-liter V12 DBS two-door Coupe, taking the top billing. The auction set is timed to reflect on a half-century of the British secret agent’s escapades since Sean Connery’s 1962 title Dr. No.

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The entire auction seems tailor-made for the Bond aficionado who wants to collect obscure memorabilia like, say, a made-to-scale replica of the space shuttle used in 1979′s Moonraker (see pg. 62 in the official auction catalogue) or Pierce Brosnan’s two-piece charcoal suit worn in 1999′s The World Is Not Enough (pg. 100-101). Or, because why not: a “Please Do Not Disturb” sign that afforded a modicum of privacy to Bond (and perhaps someone else) in a hotel room in 1964′s Goldfinger (pg. 28-29).

But the crowning jewel of the auction is, of course, the Aston Martin. If there’s any doubt as to the Hollywood blockbuster credibility of the vehicle, please jog your memory by watching the undeniably Bourne-like and awesome (even if you didn’t particularly care for the rest of Solace) opening chase scene. Convinced yet? Sure you are.

So, what would be the going price for this Bond-esque luxury? It’ll set you back roughly $160,000 to $230,000, according to the Christie’s estimate (here, pg 160-161). Kelley Blue Book puts the price for a used 2008 DBS at $156,000. So you might pay a bit of a premium given the car’s prestigious former owner — but maybe some of that suaveness will rub off from the car’s leather seats.

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Barry Zander
Barry Zander

I'm waiting for the Aston Martin Anthony Perkins drove off a cliff in Phaedra, while singing Bach's "Toccata amp; Fugue."  That incredible version of "Oedipus Rex" was devoted to him owning that car.

Mike Olson
Mike Olson

I think most Bond memorabilia loses a lot of its worth when it is post Sean Connery era.

LilRedDog
LilRedDog

Dear  gawd!!! Bond arrives, with his package (Mr. White) in an abused but still intact Austin Martin at an Mi6 safe house. 

Now I do not know why the totaled car was cut from production, but its clearly the Austin Martin he had driven in the opening scene, that arrives more or less intact, or, there were two cars, and only one for auction.

Se if its not too much trouble to get some facts post release and not from teas releases form 4 months prior to release.

Your source also mentions a 15 minutes chase scene, the release scene lasted just over 4.

I'm not the reporter,  double check Google,..., err, the facts.

....and and forevermore avoid writing about topics (in this case a movie) you have no first hand experience with.

Nancy
Nancy

Bet Leno regrets giving up that 15 m in salary now

anand_dh
anand_dh

What's a Alfa Romero?

dougt
dougt

The mexican version of a car that you need to be a mechanic to keep running, but no mechanic would ever want to own

mike_s123
mike_s123

The real Bond drove a DB5. That guy who drove the DBS wasn't Bond.

dougt
dougt

DB5 = cool guy with taste, style, and money

new DBS = pretentious prck with money (old DBS is cool)

Gwolley
Gwolley

I wonder what odd job's hat would go for. 

Ben Hutchins
Ben Hutchins

Hopefully it's not the one the stunt driver put in the sea during filming. :)

UFCIsSux
UFCIsSux

I'll wait for the one Sean Connery drove.  

Shawnabux
Shawnabux

Alfred answered I'm startled that a person able to get paid $6418 in a few weeks on the network. have you seen this(Click on menu Home)

dravo1
dravo1

Only if it includes the functional ejection seat :)