James Bond's Aston sells for £2.6m

An American businessman has paid £2.6m to become just the second owner of the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the classic James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball.

The iconic car was sold last night at an evening auction hosted by RM Auctions and Sothebys, but despite its mammoth selling price, the DB5 did not generate as much interest as predicted.
There were only two bids in the end, with the opening bid of £2.5m being pipped by Harry Yeaggy's winning bid moments later. The car was predicted to rise above £3m, but as the previous owner bought it for just $12,000 in 1969 and the proceeds of the sale are all going to charity, it is unlikely this will be of much disappointment. Yeaggy paid £2.9m once the 12 percent buyers' premium was added on.

Before putting the Aston Martin on display at a museum in Ohio, Yeaggy said that he plans to take one of the most famous cars in the history of film on a quick spin around the local area. "We're going to fire the car up and drive it round the streets of London tonight," he said. "We're going to have a bit of fun with it."

The DB5, which is said to be in excellent condition, found fame as James Bond's gadget-filled company car. It comes complete with a revolving number plate, an ejector seat and bullet-proof glass.

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