Aston Martin auction in Newport Pagnell attracts worldwide buyers
PUBLISHED: 10:29 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:29 15 August 2014
From the iconic Aston Martin DBS used by Roger Moore in the hit British television series ‘The Persuaders!’ to barn finds in need of extensive renovation, the Bonhams sale at Newport Pagnell attracted worldwide buyers ready to splash out for the iconic cars.
The famed Persuaders car held pride of place at the front of the saleroom (in reality the Aston Martin Works servicing facility), attracting immense interest from fans of the show and Aston Martin enthusiasts alike. It eventually went for £533,500, establishing a new world record for an Aston Martin DBS sold at auction.
This was the 15th annual auction to be held there by Bonhams and resulted in the sale of over 100 lots of collectable automobilia alongside almost 50 cars, the largest number of Aston Martins ever overseen by the auctioneers.
The top lot, a very rare DB6 Mark 2 Volante, sold at £757,500. An unsurprisingly popular model from the marque, the Volante that went under the hammer is one of only 21 examples built. Meanwhile, lot 216, the factory Vantage prototype ‘DP217’ 1963 Aston Martin DB5 project exceeded all expectations. Selling for £393,500 – over four times its highest estimate – as the gavel came down the closing bid was met with applause from the room.
Condition doesn’t seem to matter to those seeking the ‘must-have’ Aston Martin if original features are there and the vehicle can be rescued from rust. For instance, a DB MK III drophead coupé project with coachwork by Tickford, in need of specialist care, sold for £144,860 including premium.
For Aston Martin lovers with a little less cash to spare there was still treasure to bid for. Memorabilia including sales brochures, workshop manuals and signed books all attracted bidders. A 1924 sales brochure went for £2,750, although some technical literature and the odd handbook could be grabbed for up to the £100 mark.