Legendary actor and icon Sean Connery is well known for his role as a fictional British secret agent in the James Bond film Goldfinger which hit the cinemas in 1964. The Bond character has been played by a number of actors, and has driven many different cars in the more than two dozen films in the series including BMWs, Bentleys, Chevrolets and Fords. But the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is still the best-known Bond car.
This year, the Connery family auctioned Sean Connery’s very own Aston Martin DB5 with a promise to donate a significant portion of the sale proceeds to benefit the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund. The car sold for a whopping $2.4 million at the Broad Arrow auction in California which fetched more than the originally projected price (between $1.4 million and $1.8 million).
Driven by Connery in the 1964 film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 is replete with gadgets like machine guns, an ejector seat and an oil slick maker. It was only 50 years later in 2018, that Connery purchased a 1964 DB5 for himself, making it the only Aston Martin DB5 he ever owned. However, two years later at the age of 90, Connery died.
The car was directly associated with the James Bond films, and in 2019 the gadget-filled car was sold for $6.4 Million in 2019.
When Connery made the purchase, he picked an Aston Martin DB5 that was nearly in perfect condition with only some creases on the seat leather. Once Connery purchased the car, he had it repainted from black to Snow Shadow Gray, the colour closest to that of the movie car. But soon after he passed away. The car was kept by Connery at his home in Switzerland.
In addition to the Aston Martin DB5 itself, the winning bidder will receive a ride in the car from the famous retired Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart.