Big boys’ toys don’t get much better than this. This one-third scale, 24 carat gold-plated model of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 fetched £55,000 at auction earlier this week.
The model was designed by Sir Ken Adam, legendary Bond production designer, and built by Propshop at Pinewood Studios. It features working, radio-controlled machine guns, bullet proof shield and revolving number plate.
The very lucky boy who made the winning bid was Oxfordshire farmer Robert Tyyrell. He said: “I saw it at Goodwood at the weekend and said ‘I’ll be having that!’
“I am a Bond fan, the first movie I saw was Thunderball and I was more than happy to support this worthy cause.”
Fifty-five grand is a big chunk of cheddar for a toy, but it’s a bit of a bargain when you consider that the actual DB5 used in Goldfinger and Thunderball sold at auction a few years ago for £2.6 million.
The sale was held by Christie’s and EON Productions, marking the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Goldfinger and raising money for the NSPCC. Other lots included a unique Goldfinger Omega Seamaster ‘Aqua Terra’ wristwatch, a first edition copy of the Goldfinger novel and an original British cinema poster. A total of £136,800 was raised.