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007’s Aston Martin is sold for $4.1m

The Aston Martin auctioned in London yesterday was featured in the James Bond films “Goldfinger’’ and “Thunderball.’’ The Aston Martin auctioned in London yesterday was featured in the James Bond films “Goldfinger’’ and “Thunderball.’’ (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)
Associated Press / October 28, 2010

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LONDON — One of the most famous James Bond cars — the silver Aston Martin first driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger’’ — was auctioned off yesterday in London for $4.1 million.

The unique car, which boasts an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates, and other spy gear, was initially expected to go for more than $5.5 million.

“This is the only genuine, 007 James Bond car,’’ said Mick Walsh, editor-in-chief of Classic and Sports Car Magazine. It was bought by Harry Yeaggy, a car collector who has a small museum in Ohio.

Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, had originally placed Bond in a Bentley. But the filmmakers put him in the Aston Martin.

The buyer also gets a signed photograph of Connery standing with the car during the filming.

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