London, England – The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 car driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball has sold for £2,912,000 at RM Auctions’ sale in London, England.
“RM has just established the price of fame,” said Rob Myers, chairman and founder of RM Auctions. “We had a fabulous time during the promotion of the sale of 007’s DB5 and we’re really pleased to have been able to assist with finding it a great new home.”
The car was purchased by Harry Yeaggy, an American businessman who is now only the second ex-factory owner of the car. American radio broadcaster Jerry Lee of Philadelphia purchased the car directly from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory in 1969 for US$12,000.
Lee said he plans to use the proceeds from the sale to further the charitable work of the Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, particularly crime prevention. Yeaggy said that he plans to display the car in his private museum in Ohio.