The hype around barnfind Aston Martins shows no sign of abating following the £6m Bonhams declared for its annual marque sale on 21 May when a project, off-the-road for 35 years DB5 saloon sold for £282,000.
The result, which followed a battle between 11 phone and five absentee bidders – not to mention some seven in the room - was a staggering five times the Superleggera beauty’s lower £50 – 60,000 estimate and even more impressive when you consider that sort of money would buy a fully restored example at most top marque specialists.
Also making spectacular money on the restoration front was a 60,000miles-from-new barn find 1963 DB4 Convertible that smashed its reasonable £80 – 140,000 guide to change hands for £309,500 while a superb restored 1963 DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible (below) took top slot at the Works Service sale with at £507,500.
Other impressive hammer prices included the guide-busting £430,500 one bidder shelled out for a super-rare DB5 Shooting Brake (estimate £250 – 300,000; below) while James Bond fever stoked up prices on replicas of the Astons used in 007 films.
A copy of the 1968 Aston Martin DBS Vantage (estimate £50 – 70,000) used in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service made £106k while a 1986 Volante (estimate £70 – 100,000), similar to the star in Living Daylights (below), made a whopping £172k.
The bullish saleroom spirit turned out to be charitable, too after a 2009 Rapid Sports Saloon – formerly used by company boss Dr Ulrich Bez – sold for £112,000 with the car maker donating the proceeds to Japan’s tsunami relief fund.
The demand for the Newport Pagnell products meant Bonhams got all but one of the 45 lots on offer away.