• Dec 11, 2011
Spell it with two Es and the name Beetle is intrinsically linked to Volkswagen. Drop that second E for an A, though, and you're looking at another 60s icon altogether. While the VW might not hold much sway for music buffs, the Beatles and its individual members hold plenty of interest for car fans.

If it's not John Lennon's '65 Ferrari 330 GT going up for auction, it's a special one-off Mini painted by George Harrison. This time around, though, it's Harrison's Aston Martin that's garnered our attention.

This 1964 DB5 belonged to Harrison back in the 60s and was just sold at auction for well above its estimated value. After a fierce bidding war under the auspices of Coys in London, the classic Aston went to an unnamed collector from Houston, Texas for £350,000 (equivalent to $547k at today's exchange rates) – a good £150k ($235k) more than expected.

At those prices, the new owner may be whistling "baby you can drive my car", but is more likely to hide his love away in a climate-controlled garage somewhere. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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COYS SELL GEORGE HARRISON'S DB5

An Aston Martin ordered by George Harrison in 1965 sold at auction in London on Wednesday for £350,000.00 after fierce bidding from around the world.

Manufactured in late 1964, the DB5/1896/R was supplied new on January 1st 1965 through Brydor Cars of Brooklands in Surrey to the famous Beatle and had created huge interest when it was put up for sale at the COYS True Greats Auction held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster.

There was intense bidding in the room and from telephone bidders in the United States and elsewhere. The car was eventually knocked down to an anonymous Beatle and Aston Martin fan from Houston in Texas who said: "George Harrison would be amazed about all the money his car is going to raise for Christian causes."

Recently, model and photographer Patti Boyd, who was married to George Harrison when he owned the DB5, was re-united with the car when it was showcased at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

Chris Routledge, Managing Director at car auction house COYS said: "There was a battle royal for this car which went for some £150,000.00 over its estimate.

The sale saw some £4.5 million pounds worth of cars being sold.

A Cord 810 Phaeton owned by Jimmy Page and Duncan Bannatyne sold for £80,000 and a Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster which had been stored in an Edinburgh garage for the last 23 years made £343,000, £100,000 over its estimate. A Mercedes Benz 540 K formerly owned by Bernie Ecclestone, which had been estimated at £500,000, sold for £864,000.

Chris Routledge, Managing Director of COYS said: "It was a fantastic sale with dealers and collectors from all over the world participating. There is also no doubt that many people who in the past invested in stock and shares are now looking to classic cars as a good investment for the future."


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      dal
      • 3 Years Ago
      RIP George we miss you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just a shame that George isn't still with us so he could get some of the money
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      My sweet Lord!
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd guess that car'd go for that even if his butt print isn't in it.
      elysianfields08
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes , the sixties were amazing . The best music ever in all
        • 3 Years Ago
        @elysianfields08
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      zcapitalism
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love that car.
      bilchquestoid
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lennon had a ferrari?? what a hypocritical phony...Much like Bono
        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bilchquestoid
        Lennon was about world peace...Bono puts in a great deal of effort to make life better for sick and poor people.. What's hypocritical and phony about that.. Sounds to me your just a right wing fool...
          toecheese44
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan
          fox boy is more like it,he has no problem with the fox boys making millions off of books bought buy sheep like himself !!!!!!
        rubbersole79
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bilchquestoid
        I'm a huge fan of Lennons, and I like some of Bono's stuff. From what I know, they both worked hard to get to where they got, and used their fame to shine the light on injustice, pain and suffering of others. I'm not getting hypocrisy out of that....
      ddstan1120
      • 3 Years Ago
      James B ond drove a tricked out DB5 in one of the spy movies. Nice cars, but not worth half a mil.
      pekpek hunter
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice car i prefer pekpek
      hornet32j
      • 3 Years Ago
      An asset I suppose , Harrison was well liked a gentleman in a time when gentle and man did not always go together , the British invasion brought our own music back to us with an accent .
      jgelt
      • 3 Years Ago
      It’s an investment with a limited lifespan. In a generation from now when the boomer millionaires begin to pass away, it will have the same value as any other Astin Martin DB5. But for the next 2 decades the owner has a good chance to flip it for a profit. Then again, it may have significant sentimental value to the buyer that they may never sell it.
        Lance
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jgelt
        wrong...the Beatles will go down in history tomorrow just as they have to this day, and the car will always have as added value, probably increasing steadily.
      • 3 Years Ago
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