An Aston Martin DB10 car designed for the latest James Bond film “Spectre” has sold at auction for some $3.5 million.
The DB10, one of only two “show cars” from the 10 made especially for the film, outdid its reserve price of 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 pounds, as it was sold for 2,434,500 pounds ($3.48 million).
Made in Warwickshire, the Aston Martin model has a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and a top speed of 190 mph – but it cannot be driven on public roads.
The auctioned DB10, hand built at Aston Martin’s UK headquarters in Gaydon, was signed by Daniel Craig.
Aston Martin has been associated with 007 agent since the 1964 film Goldfinger, which featured a DB5. This model was one of 10 made for the movie that saw Daniel Craig reprise the famous role for the fourth time. Most were modified for filming, with two, including the one sold, kept as show cars.
According to auction house Christie’s, bidding for the “Spectre Silver” DB10, on offer as part of the “James Bond Spectre: The Auction” sale, lasted just less than five minutes.
Other “Spectre” memorabilia up for grabs at Thursday’s auction included a “Day of the Dead” costume worn by Craig in the film’s opening scene, which sold for 98,500 pounds.
Singer Sam Smith’s signed “Writing’s On the Wall” music sheet and vinyl single — the movie’s chart-topping theme tune — sold for 9,375 pounds.
In total, 10 lots were sold on Thursday, raising around 2.8 million pounds, with proceeds going to charity. An online auction for another 14 lots remains open for bidding until Feb. 23.
Since its release in late October, “Spectre”, the 24th James Bond film in 53 years, has earned some $879 million at the box office worldwide. ($1 = 0.6996 pounds)