• Iconic Aston Martin from James Bond films fetches $6.4 million at auction

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    It was driven by the man with the Midas touch, the spy with a license to kill. Now, one winning bidder can cruise on the highways with a license to thrill in the Aston Martin driven in the classic James Bond films.

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    The 1965 DB5 sold for $6.4 million at a classic car auction held by RM Sotheby's in Monterey, California, CNN reported. The price includes a buyer's fee.

    Augustin Sabatié-Garat turned in the winning bid for an anonymous client, KSBW reported.  

    "He wanted to kill the competition basically," Sabatie-Garat told the television station.

    The car is equipped with nail spreaders, tire slashers, smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates and a passenger ejector seat, according to the auction listing.

    The Aston Martin was featured in the movies "Thunderball" and "Goldfinger," which starred actor Sean Connery in the role of James Bond, Agent 007.

    The license plates are controlled by a knob labeled "B-S-F," which stands for British, Swiss and French plates, CNN reported. There are guns visible from behind the front turn signals, but they do not fire real bullets, the network reported.

    "They made four cars for the movies -- three survive today," Barney Rupreht of RM Sotheby's told KSBW. "This is about the only one that has fully-functional gadgets as original, fully engineered, still working."

    Sabatié-Garat said his client was a James Bond enthusiast, and since the car is street legal, he plans to do a lot of driving.

    "I don't think he will sell it for the next 30 years for sure," Sabatie-Garat told KSBW.

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