Most astonishing result at Bonhams' hugely successful Aston Martin sale at the weekend was the £377,500 paid for the one-off FLM Panelcraft DBS shooting brake… against an estimate of just £50-70,000.
The shock price was far from the headliner, however, as the British auction house amassed £6.5 million for the 46 cars at its 13th AM Works sale in Newport Pagnell in front of an estimated 2000 people.
Top price was a record-breaking £1.23 million for a 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II with fewer than 5000 miles on the clock. One of just four built, the evocation is good for 0-60mph in just 5.5 secs and a top speed well in excess of 150mph.
The second biggest hammer price came for a 1962 DB4 Vantage Convertible that made £611,900 (including premium), ahead of £488,700 for a 1963 DB5 Convertible.
A 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3-Litre soft-top (below) once used by HRH the Prince of Wales sold for £122,000, having been estimated to sell for £50-70,000.
A car previously owned by world boxing champion Lennox Lewis, a 1994 Virage Limited Edition coupé, sold for £18,290.
The inevitable barn-finds also fared well, a 1955 DB2/4 drophead coupé grossing £113,500 against an estimate of £70-90,000.
One of the more interesting cars in the sale was a Graber-bodied 1952 DB2 Vantage dhc, which made a mid-estimate £270,300.
Another big-seller was the ex-Earls Court 1975 Lagonda S1 7-litre saloon that sold for £337,500 (estimate £250-300,000).
With fierce bidding and a feverish atmosphere, even a Lagonda Rapide made nearly £60k, so there appeared to be few bargains to be had. The best value was provided by a road-legal 1990 Virage that sold for £15,525 including premium and a 1988 'wedge' Lagonda for £25,300. Bonhams' motoring department boss James Knight said: "This sale once again shows the steady rise of interest in Aston Martin cars that we have seen since we started these sales at Aston Martin Works Service."