James Bond’s Favorite Aston Martin Cars Up For Auction

20th May 2019

The twentieth edition of Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin sale is to be held for the first time at The Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills, about an hour outside of London. The Wormsley Estate, home to both a world-famous cricket ground and to the annual Garsington Opera festival, has been owned by the Getty family since 1985. Aston Martin auction attendees will also be able to view the semi-annual "Concours" event where Aston Martin Club owners display their cars to be judged. Aston Martin was founded in 1913 and takes its name from Lionel Martin (co-owner with Robert Bamford) who used to race at Aston Hill (a hill used to race cars until it was deemed too dangerous in 1925). Associated with elegance and speed, it's no surprise that the Aston Martin has been the car of choice by Ian Fleming's famous secret agent.

A 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Bonhams

The automobiles in the Bonhams' auction on 19 May will range in age from a 1952 Lagonda to a 2019 Vanquish Zagato shooting brake. All eyes will be on the top lot, a 1963 DB4 series V convertible, one of only 70 ever made, estimated to sell for at least £750,000.

A 1969 Aston Martin DBS similar to the one driven by George Lazenby in the sixth Bond film Bonhams

James Bond fans will be pleased to see a wide range of the secret agent’s favorites at this sale, including a 1965 model of the iconic Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 featured in Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye, as well as Casino Royale and Skyfall. The 1965 model in the Bonhams’ auction is a classic silver birch with black leather interiors and has an estimate of £620,000-£680,000. A 1969 DBS sports saloon similar to the one driven by George Lazenby in the sixth Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has an estimate of £100,00-£120,000.

This article, by Joanne Shurvell, was first published on Forbes.com on May 13, 2019, 02:29pm