London (ANI): The iconic Aston Martin, driven by Sean Connery in two James Bond films, has been sold for 2.6 million pounds at an auction in London. An American car enthusiast paid the amount to buy the most famous car and then vowed to take it for a spin around the streets of London.
The silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5, previously owned by American broadcasting boss Jerry Lee who paid 12,000 dollars in 1969, was initially expected to fetch more than 3 million pounds. The unique car, which boasts an ejector seat, revolving license plates and bullet-proof shield, featured in the 'Goldfinger" and 'Thunderball".
Harry Yeaggy, who bought the car, is likely to display it at a car museum in Ohio. Yeaggy later told reporters that it has been 'a last-minute decision" to fly into London for the auction and that he had spent a little more than he had planned.
"I thought a European would buy it. But I guess they didn't appreciate Bond as much as we do," the BBC quoted him as saying. "We're going to drive the car round the streets of London tonight. We're going to have a bit of fun with it," Yeaggy said.
The car, which is said to be in an excellent condition, is the only surviving example of two Aston Martins used in the early Bond films, after the other was reported stolen in 1997. The sale proceeds will benefit Lee's charitable foundation supporting education and anti-crime projects internationally.