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Little Classics News: 19 May 2014

Bonhams Sees Huge Success at Aston Martin Works

Bonhams Sees Huge Success at Aston Martin WorksMillions of pounds worth of rare and prized Aston Martin sports cars changed hands over the weekend at the 15th annual Bonhams Aston Martin Sale at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell.

The historic home of the great British sports car brand once again played host to the Bonhams Sale, which has grown to become a globally-significant occasion for Aston Martin collectors and enthusiasts.

The 2014 event was the biggest to date with almost 50 sports cars, plus a fascinating and diverse collection of Aston Martin-related automobilia, going under the hammer in several hours of exciting and highly-charged bidding.

1970 Aston Martin DBS from the TV show The Persuaders!Competition for the cars was intense, with bidders from across the UK and far beyond vying to snap up some of the hugely collectible lots on offer.

Sales totalled an impressive £8.7m with highlights of the day including the world record price at auction of the 1970 Aston Martin DBS featured in the television show The Persuaders! With the addition of buyers’ premium and taxes, the car sold for £533,500.

The iconic 1970 Aston Martin DBS from the TV show The Persuaders! (above) starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis came to the market for the first time in more than 40 years and generated some enthusiastic bidding from would-be buyers keen to acquire this unique and glamorous ‘star’ of the 70s show.

Just as incredible, a rare 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon Project (below) in need of full restoration sold for a cool £393,500. It just shows the current hunger for these classic cars. The DB5 project, a highly-collectible prototype of the high performance Vantage model and a classic ‘barn find’ saw more than four times its £60,000-£80,000 estimate.

1963 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon Project Paul Spires, General Sales Manager at Aston Martin Works, said: “The Bonhams auction weekend has once again more than lived up to expectations. The weather was glorious for us today, and the uniquely sociable ‘garden party’ atmosphere certainly seems to have helped some of the 2,500 or so people who joined us here at Newport take the plunge.

“With many exceptional sports cars sold, and bids coming in from right around the world, it’s clear that Bonhams’ Aston Martin Sale here at Newport Pagnell is, more than ever, a key fixture of the classic car world.”

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “As ever the day was tremendous, with both Bonhams and Aston Martin Works ensuring this was once again one of the highlight sales on the motoring calendar.

“We’ve enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Aston Martin Works over the past 15 years and are delighted to continue breaking and making new world records here in their Newport Pagnell home.”


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