James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is set to fetch more than $6 million when it goes to auction for the first time in its history.
The second of only two 007 versions of the famous sports car, driven by actor Sean Connery in the '60s 007 films Goldfinger and Thunderball, will go under the hammer on October 27 in the United Kingdom.
The DB5 comes equipped with all the original 'Q' gadgets and modifications seen in the movies, including front-mounted machine guns, rear pop-up bulletproof shield, revolving numberplates, oil-slick sprayer, smoke screen, tracking device, and, of course, the removable roof panel that allowed Bond to jettison his unwanted passenger from the Aston's ejector seat.
An American radio broadcaster, Jerry Lee, bought the 1964 DB5 prototype from the Aston Martin factory for $12,000 in 1969. Lee says he will use the proceeds from the sale for his eponymous charity foundation that's dedicated to solving social issues such as poverty.
The DB5 is one of two '007' DB5s used in the two Bond films. The other model sold in 2006 for US$2,090,000.
"Like Q, we never joke about our work, which is why RM [Auctions] is consistently entrusted with the sale of the world's most significant collector cars like the 'real' 007 Aston Martin DB5 movie car," said RM Europe's managing director, Max Girardo. "RM is known for world-record-setting results and we expect nothing less for 007's iconic DB5."