24-Carat Gold Aston Martin DB5 is Being Auctioned for Charity
Don’t have the money to make a bid for an actual Aston Martin DB5? Don’t worry because the creators of the James Bond series, EON Productions, has a DB5 that you can actually afford. But there are a couple of caveats. One, the DB5 isn’t an actual model, but rather a one-off, gold-plated, one-third-scale replica of the model. Two, it’s expected to sell anywhere between £40,000-60,000, which is about $66,000-100,000 as of 9/9/2014.
The gold-plated DB5 replica was actually commissioned by EON Productions as part of the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the first James Bond movie that the iconic Aston Martin appeared in. It even has the signature of James Bond production designer Sir Ken Adams, the same man largely responsible for designing the modifications to the car, including the radio-controlled machine guns, bulletproof shield and revolving number plate.
Global auctioneers Christies will send the model under the hammer later this month for charity to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK.
So it is for a good cause, which should make it a little easier to spend that much money on a scale model of the DB5. At least you know the money you spend will be put to good use. Bidding has started at the Christies website where it will continue until September 17, 2014.
If the car is a little too steep for your bank account, you can instead opt to bid for an 18-karat yellow gold Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega.
The one-off timepiece is estimated to fetch anywhere between £8,000-12,000, which is about $13,000-20,000 based on current exchange rates.
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Why It Matters
It’s not everyday that a collectible item like this is offered in an auction setting. If you’re a fan of the James Bond movies and you have some extra coin to burn, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make a bid for this one-off, gold-played DB5. It’s the ultimate bragging rights item to show off to your fellow Bond-loving buddies.
So what if it costs as much as an actual sports car. At least you know you’re the only in the world who has this item.
There are only a handful cars in the world that could possibly lay claim to the title "most famous car in the world" and the Aston Martin DB5 is one of them, thanks to its longtime association to the James Bond franchise.
The car itself has become as iconic as the British spy, having made appearances in a number of Bond movies, including Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and, most recently, Skyfall.
To this day, the DB5 remains Aston Martin’s most legendary model. It was powered by a 4.0-liter, inline-six engine that produced 282 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers still look impressive today, especially its ability to hit 60 mph in just eight seconds to go with a top speed of 143 mph.