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Classic Aston Martins sell for big bucks at auction. So this news of a DB5 selling for a princely sum hardly comes as a surprise. But the model in question wasn't an actual DB5. It was a scale model.

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary James Bond film Goldfinger, this 1:3 scale replica of the DB5 that Sean Connery drove in the movie was plated in 24-karat gold and signed by Sir Ken Adam, who designed the modified movie prop. Created by Propshop at Pinewood Studios, the model comes complete with radio-controlled machine guns, bulletproof shield and rotating license plate – just like the one in the movie.

After registering interest from some 19,000 viewers from 129 countries, the model sold online for £55,000 ($90k) to one Mr. Robert Tyrrell, an English farmer and Bond fan. Proceeds benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
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Aston Martin DB5 Model Sells for £55,000 in Online Charity Auction

17 September 2014 - Tonight, on the 50th anniversary of the World Premiere of Goldfinger, a unique 24k gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 was sold in a special online sale to benefit the NSPCC by Christie's and EON Productions for £55,000. It was bought by a farmer from Abingdon in Oxfordshire and was among the highlights of the five lots which made a total of £136,800 for the charity. The model was created by Propshop at Pinewood Studios and signed by legendary Bond Production Designer Sir Ken Adam. Bidding closed online this evening during an event in London's West End attended by Bond girl Shirley Eaton. Complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet proof shield and revolving number plate, interest in the sale came from Bond fans around the world with more than 19,000 visitors from 129 countries to the special www.christies.com/goldfinger site.

The buyer, Mr. Robert Tyrrell from Steventon, near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, an arable farmer with a collection of classic cars, said after his winning bid tonight: "I saw it at Goodwood this weekend and said 'I'll be having that!'. I am a Bond man, the first movie I saw was Thunderball and I was more than happy to support this worthy cause."

A unique Goldfinger Seamaster 'Aqua Terra' wristwatch created by Omega to celebrate the anniversary of the film surpassed the pre-sale estimate ten times when it sold for £70,000. Other items included in the benefit auction were a first edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming which made £2,800 and an original British cinema poster with the famous golden girl design which sold for £3,500. The auction coincides with the release of the Goldfinger Limited Edition gold SteelBook™ Blu-ray on 22 September from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.


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Unique gold Aston Martin DB5 is precious metal for charity

8 September 2014, Gaydon - A unique Aston Martin DB5 is going under the hammer for charity later this month in an event created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger – the first James Bond film to feature the now iconic luxury British sports car.

Bond film creators EON Productions have commissioned a one-off gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 which global auctioneers Christie's will offer in a special online auction to benefit the NSPCC.

The replica DB5 has been signed by legendary Bond production designer Sir Ken Adam, who designed the Q branch modifications to the car for Sean Connery as agent 007 in 1964's Goldfinger.

Prop-makers Propshop, who created the scale model DB5 sports cars required for special effect scenes in the most recent Bond film, Skyfall, using 3D scans of the full size DB5, have created, under licence, a one-off gold model with 24-carat gold plated detailing, complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet-proof shield and revolving number plate.

The unique Goldfinger model is expected to sell for between £40,000-60,000 ($66,000-100,000) and will be available for bidding online from 8 September at www.christies.com/goldfinger with bidding closing on 17 September, the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of Goldfinger.

Also included in the sale will be a unique Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega to celebrate the anniversary of the film. Omega's Seamaster wristwatches have featured in every Bond movie since 1995. The one-of-a-kind wristwatch is made in 18k yellow gold, the hands coated with Super-LumiNova so that they can be read in all conditions. A counterweight to the mechanism has been crafted in the form of the iconic 007 logo. It is estimated to fetch between £8,000-12,000 ($13,000-20,000) and the full specifications are available online.

Other lots included in the charity sale are a first edition book Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (estimate: £1,000-2,000 / $1,600-3,300); an original British cinema poster for Goldfinger designed by Robert Brownjohn with the famous golden girl in the background (estimate: £2,000-3,000 / $3,300-5,000); and a special golden edition of Taschen's The James Bond Archives, one of 40 artists proofs signed by Daniel Craig (estimate: £2,000-3,000 / $3,300-5,000).

The auction coincides with the release of the Goldfinger Limited Edition gold SteelBook™ Blu-ray on 22 September from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Nicolette Tomkinson, Head of Popular Culture at Christie's, said: "The Aston Martin DB5 is clearly an iconic sports car. However this Goldfinger model version, with 24-carat gold detailing, is truly unique and as such we anticipate worldwide interest and competitive bidding. We are confident that this online-only sale will raise a significant sum for the NSPCC."

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