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James Bond DB5 auctioned for £2.6m

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An Aston Martin driven by Sir Sean Connery's James Bond in two of the spy movies and dubbed the most famous car in the world has been auctioned off.

The silver 1964 DB5, which featured in the films Goldfinger and Thunderball, has been sold for £2.6 million at an event organised at Battersea Evolution in London by RM Auctions, together with Sotheby's.

The selling price of the Aston Martin, whose models usually fall into high car insurance groups, was below its pre-sale estimate of more than £3 million.

A spokesman for the auctioneer said: "It's still a lot of money and I don't think anyone's disappointed."

American broadcasting boss Jerry Lee bought the car for 12,000 US dollars in 1969, and since then it has spent much of its time in the United States.

Mr Lee said that he plans to donate proceeds from the sale to his charitable foundation, which supports education and anti-crime projects worldwide.

He said previously: "The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years.

"Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the foundation to do good around the world."

The car model was dubbed Most Famous Car in the World in a 1993 book of the same title by Dave Worrall.

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