You Could Own A Piece Of James Bond Memorabilia

This was the last Aston Martin DB5 that appeared in the James Bond film franchise. It will be up for auction today:
The DB5 comes complete with all the original 007 specifications fitted to it by the Aston Martin factory for 1965's "Thunderball." They include front machine guns that shoot blanks, an ejector seat (that doesn't work), radar navigation, a nail spreader, tire shredders, bullet shield and a revolving number plate.

The DB5 has only had one private owner, U.S. radio station owner and philanthropist Jerry Lee. He bought it straight from the Aston Martin factory in 1969 for $12,000. The self-confessed "huge" Bond fan says he's kept the car at home in Pennsylvania in his "James Bond room" for the past 41 years.

Despite being close to half a century old, the DB5 only has 30,000 miles on the clock. Lee told CNN he has only driven the car once: "I drove it for two blocks in London. I think it's a work of art," he said. "It's just pure beauty."
Reportedly, the DB5 will fetch somewhere between five and seven million dollars. I think that estimate is a wee-bit high, but I would not be surprised if some crazed Bond fan drops that kind of scratch on this piece of movie history -- especially considering that it still has all of the quintessential 'gadgets' that were featured in the films.


Did I mention that I have a birthday coming up soon?

Photo: Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions