The Wall Street Journal devoted a part of its front page on June 1 to a feature story about the upcoming sale of one of the Aston Martin DB5s from Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Here’s a portion of the story by Steve Stecklow. He begins by writing about the car’s current owner, Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia-area radio station owner:
Mr. Lee, who is 74, bought the car directly from Aston Martin’s British factory in 1969 for $12,000. He’s now hoping to sell it for millions at a classic-cars auction in London on Oct. 27 and use the proceeds to fund a foundation he runs that focuses on crime prevention.
The last 007 car to go on the market fetched $2.1 million in 2006 from a private buyer. But that Aston Martin never appeared in any Bond film; it was one of two replicas created for publicity purposes; the other is in a museum in Holland.
Mr. Lee’s prized possession, which has original gadgets and appeared in the two movies, will be the first authentic Bond car from that time to go on sale in decades. The only other one used in those movies mysteriously vanished from an airport hangar in Boca Raton, Fla., in 1997.
You can read the entire story by CLICKING RIGHT HERE. While WSJ.com is a paid site, the Journal put this story on the free portion. So feel free to click and read away.
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