A concours-condition 1965 Aston Martin DB5 was the top lot in the Bonhams Bond Street Sale on Saturday, selling for £586,200 in the auction house’s final sale of the year which achieved an 86 per cent sell-through rate, with several lots achieving their top estimates or above.
Described by Bonhams as ‘truly magnificent’, this DB5, also known as the ‘James Bond’ Aston Martin, had been rescued as a barn-find seven years ago and treated to a £400,000 specialist restoration, bringing it up to its present condition.
1955 Austin Healey 100S Sports Racing Two-Seater, Sold for £575,000
In its slipstream was a 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Sports-Racing Two-Seater, which achieved £575,000. One of 55 100S variants produced – and one of only four destined for the UK market – this car was owned by great names in Austin-Healey history including racing drivers David Shale and Tony Lanfranchi and offered with significant in-period racing history.
1928 Bentley 6½-Litre Tourer, estimate £300,000 – 400,000
The third most valuable lot of the sale was a 1928 Bentley 6½-Litre Tourer, which sold for £460,000, leading the white glove sale of the four-car collection offered from the estate of the late Brian Wiggins. Its stablemate, a1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Vanden Plas-Style Tourer raced past its pre-sale estimate to make £448,500.
2010 Porsche 911 Type 997 Sport Classic Coupé achieved £333,500
Contemporary collectors’ cars also proved popular in the London sale, with stand-out results including a one owner from new 2010 Porsche 911 Type 997 Sport Classic Coupé which achieved £333,500, more than £100,000 above its top estimate.
achieving £235,750 at Bonhams
A brace of delivery mileage Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercars, both sold for more than their top estimates, with the 2014 GT Final Edition Coupé achieving £235,750, while a 2011 Coupé made £216,200, both following a spirited bidding battle involving the same ultimately unlucky under bidder.
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