If you want to get your hands on a pristine or historically significant vintage Aston Martin, there's only one place to go: Bonhams' auction at the old Works Service in Newport Pagnell. Think of it as the Aston equivalent to RM's event at Maranello every year. It's been held for the past 11 years running, and this year's was the most successful yet with £4.7 million ($6.8M USD) in sales.
Among the lots that rolled across the auction block were a 1950 DB2 raced by Sir Stirling Moss (£513,000/$740k) and a mint-condition '68 DB6 that went for £124,700 ($180k). The Goldfinger DB4 sold for a more modest £84,000 ($121k) – but even that doubled it's low £40-50k pre-sale expectations, capping a day of sales far exceeding their estimated values. Details in the press release after the jump.
Newport Pagnell, 24 May 2010. On Saturday 22 May, Aston Martin Works Service hosted its 11th and most successful Bonhams' Auction of Aston Martin motor cars and related automobilia. This year's sale demonstratesthe enduring strength of Aston Martin's brand generating a record £4.7 million with bids taken from enthusiasts from around the world including Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Poland, Argentina, Australia and the United States.
Since the first auction in 2000, the specialist auctioneer Bonhams has sold more than £27m worth of Aston Martins and related automobilia often at record-breaking levels. This year's auction was no exception with highlights including lot 328, a 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Team Car raced by Sir Stirling Moss selling for £513,000 and lot 308, a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon garaged and untouched for 30 years selling for £124,700.
Aston Martin's Director of Works Service and Parts Operations, Kingsley Riding-Felce said: "Once again our friends from Bonhams had a most successful sale due to a wonderful collection of Aston Martins and Lagondas, proving that Bonhams are the leaders in the heritage market. We look forward to working with them again in May 2011.
"The record prices achieved at this year's auction is testament to Aston Martin's illustrious heritage, the iconic status of the cars and the growing international interest in the Aston Martin brand."
James Knight, the group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department reflected on the weekend saying: "Yet again the combined efforts and marketing of Aston Martin Lagonda and Bonhams have produced the most successful sale ever at Works Service, with at least a handful of world records having been broken. This clearly demonstrates the strength of the collectors motor car market and that of the Aston Martin and Lagonda marques in particular. We have witnessed participation from every point of the compass and I was reassured by just how many people were bidding. We are, as ever grateful to the Works Service team for allowing us to host this very special sale."
Other highlights from the record sale include a rare 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible lot 347 selling for £359,000 and lot 325, a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage Saloon which recently visited Aston Martin Works Service for some extensive updating selling for £214,900.
Dating back to the 1920s, Works Service has served as a factory-owned specialist with the experience, passion and culture to care for any post-war Aston Martin or Lagonda with exquisite skill and attention to detail. Customers from all over the world choose to have their Aston Martin serviced and cared for by Works Service who can offer services ranging from ground up restorations, to modifying and creating bespoke solutions to individual tastes.