Multi-million premium Bond
WE brought you news last month about the incredibly rare, made-for-Bond Aston Martin DB10 that was to be auctioned for charity, writes William Scholes.
Suggestions that the car might make around £1 million proved, as I predicted, extremely conservative; when the hammer fell, the winning bid stood at £2,434,500.
Together with other memorabilia from Spectre, the latest 007 film, that meant a total of £2,785,500 was raised for Médecins Sans Frontières.
Aston Martin handcrafted only 10 examples of the DB10, specifically for Spectre, and the chance to own a car with such provenance clearly proved irresistible to someone with very deep pockets.
Most of the DB10s were heavily modified to cope with the rigours of a spectacular chase scene across Rome and the Vatican.
Two of the 10 were left in their original state to help promote the film, and it was one of these cars which was auctioned for private ownership.
The examination and authentication process undergone by the DB10 in preparation for its sale included making a digital scan of the whole car, with the file held in a secure archive for future reference.
The DB10's specification sheet includes a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine, six-speed manual gearbox, a top speed of around 190mph, an all-carbon fibre exterior and an interior trimmed in a blend of the finest leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium.
The company is due to launch a new model, called the DB11, at next week's Geneva motor show.