Do be careful with it, James: Bond's Aston Martin on sale
James Bond's famous Aston Martin car was expected to raise over five million dollars when it goes on sale Wednesday, complete with gadgets including ejector seat, nail spreader and revolving number plates.
The 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery when he played the fictional British spy in the films "Goldfinger" (1964) and "Thunderball" (1965).
"This authentic Bond movie car is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational 'Q-Branch' gadgets," said RM Auctions ahead of the sale in London.
The car is also equipped with machine guns, bullet-proof shield, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer and smoke screen, all controlled by "toggles and switches hidden in the centre arm-rest."
The gear stick top flips up to reveal the red ejector seat button. It also has a homing radar and a telephone mounted inside the driver's door panel.
The car has been on tour over the past five months, with appearances in Britain, Germany, Monte Carlo, New York and Hong Kong.
Its US owner, Pennsylvania broadcaster Jerry Lee, bought it for 12,000 dollars in 1969 and hopes the sale will raise money for his charitable foundation.
Admission to the sale in Battersea, south London, requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue available for 50 pounds.
Lot 197, expected to raise more than 3.5 million pounds (5.5 million dollars, four million euros), also includes a stay for the successful bidder at the GoldenEye resort in Jamaica, the original Caribbean estate of Fleming, worth some 40,000 pounds, and a custom-made suit woven with gold thread made by the tailors who dressed Connery as Bond.
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