Bonhams' Aston Martin Works Sale brings £5 million
A special auction celebrating the history of Aston Martin realized more than £5 million at Bonhams this week.
The sale on May 13 took place at the British car manufacturer's Newport Pagnell works, and attracted bidders from around the world.
"The saleroom was packed with a selective crowd of Aston connoisseurs who favoured vehicles with strong provenance and impressive credentials, with bids coming in from the UK, continental Europe, the far East and America," said auctioneer James Knight.
The sale's top lot was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the iconic model made famous as James Bond's car of choice, which sold for £561,500 ($727,995), having remained in the same private collection for 45 years.
There were also notable results for vintage vehicles such as a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series III' 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon which sold for £399,100 ($517,440) and a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon which realized £382,300 ($495,659).
Modern-day classics attracted equally-impressive sums, with a 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack' 7.0-Litre fetching £387,900 ($502,919)and a 2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé selling for £309,500 ($401,272).
And for enthusiasts looking for a project, there were several superb barn-finds ready to be restored, including a 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Sports Saloon which sold for £54,625 ($70,822), and a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series III' Sports Saloon Project which fetched £225,500 ($292,364).
"Even in our 18th year at the Aston Martin Works, we are seeing a continued interest and enthusiasm for our sale," added Head of Motoring Tim Schofield. "Bonhams prides itself on the breadth of its offerings at auction, and despite its single-marque status, this sale is no different.
"With lots ranging from a barn-find projects to race-ready lightweight competition cars, this sale had something for all admirers of the Aston Martin and Lagonda marques."
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