This is a spoiler alert: stop reading now if you haven't seen Skyfall and don't want to know anything about it.

There are five major stars in Skyfall, only four of them human. The fifth is the Aston Martin DB5 that makes a return to the series as a gadget car for the first time since Thunderball. The plot calls on bad things to happen to the 1964 platinum coupe, but seeing as it's worth $4.6 million, producers figured it would be better if something happened to a facsimile of the 1964 platinum coupe.

Enter Voxeljet, an Augsburg, Germany company specializing in 3D printing. The production team commissioned three one-third scale models of the DB5, and Voxeljet's industrial-sized printers layered up the 18 plastic parts that compose the unfinished model. The models were then sent to Propshop Makers in the UK for finishing work like paint and bullet holes. And then one of them was blown up...

Showing just how much the Bond provenance can do for the worth of an object, one of the remaining printed Astons was auctioned by Christie's and fetched £61,250 ($99,041 US), beating its pre-sale estimate by more than 50 percent.


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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone needs to make a good kit car version of a DB5...
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was thinking 'how could they?!' in the theater. Good to know the DB5 is still safe in the real world...
      Tiberius1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      You are welcome, Jonathon.
      Ovaltine Hustler
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was a little disappointed, thinking that the world was now without another DB5, but I can rest easy now. Would've never known they were models - they pull it off well in the movie.
      Shotgunner
      • 2 Years Ago
      That spoiler alert was much appreciated, thank you!
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shotgunner
        Did you read the article anyway?
      Sean Shoemaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      They were just models? Thank god, I can sleep again! It was like Ferris Bueller all over again.