1965 Aston Martin DB5 'Bond Car' sells for $6.3 million

(August 17, 2019) Monterey, Calif. — The ‘Evening with Aston Martin’ sale in Monterey, curated by auction house RM Sotheby’s as part of its annual Monterey sale, has seen exceptional examples of some of the brand’s most desirable sports cars change hands for millions of dollars.

A highlight of the evening came as a 1965 Aston Martin James Bond DB5 — originally commissioned and used in the promotion of the James Bond film Thunderball — sold for a final price of $6,385,000. After receiving an initial estimate of $4 million-$6million, the result underlines the continued popularity and admiration for this world-famous automotive and silver-screen icon and sets a new record for the most valuable DB5 at auction.

The event witnessed an incomparable list of the most significant Aston Martin models go under the hammer, with bidders from around the world vying for ownership of some of the jewels in the British sports car brand’s heritage crown.

A surprise highlight of the day included a 1965 DB5 Shooting Brake which sold for a final price of $1,765,000.

Andy Palmer, president and Group CEO Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The interest among collectors and enthusiasts worldwide underscores the enduring global appeal of this great British sports car company.

"Aston Martin Lagonda has stood tall at the pinnacle of the British automotive world for over a century. Recognized today for our excellence in design, engineering, craftsmanship and style, we of course would not stand in this position without a rich history of iconic models that have helped shape and define what this brand means today."

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake

Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s said: “It was an honor to offer the iconic James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin and Aston Martin Works. We are beyond thrilled with tonight’s fantastic result and proud to have set a new record for the most valuable DB5 sold at auction.

"Beyond this new auction record, the enormous amount of interest in the car and excitement surrounding it ahead of the auction solidifies its status as the “most famous car in the world,” along with the collector car hobby’s great respect for the Aston Martin brand.”