British luxury car maker Aston Martin is to auction a DB10 car created exclusively for the James Bond film Spectre, which is anticipated to make at least GBP1m for charity, it was reported on Friday.
In addition to the James Bond Aston Martin DB10 Spectre vehicle, 23 other Bond-related items will also go under the hammer at Christie’s auction house on 18 February 2016, as part of ‘Spectre – The Auction’. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.
Aston Martin has been associated with James Bond since the 1964 film Goldfinger and this auction will coincide with the release of the 24th Bond film on DVD. The DB10 up for sale has been autographed by James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
With a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, the DB10 can reach a top speed of 190 mph. However, the car cannot be driven on public roads.
Production of the DB10 was reportedly limited to ten examples of the bespoke sports car, which was developed and hand-built by the designers, engineers and artisan craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK for Spectre. The DB10 to be auctioned is said to be one of only two ‘show cars that were left unmodified and used for display purposes. According to reports, cars valued at GBP36m were destroyed during the making of ‘Spectre’.
The DB10 is reportedly the first Aston Martin to receive a platinum award from the Aston Martin Works Assured Provenance scheme, the first official authentication programme to be provided in-house by Aston Martin. The scheme draws on the knowledge of a committee of authoritative Aston Martin experts and is administered and run by the brand’s in-house heritage car facility, Aston Martin Works.
In addition, as part of the painstaking procedure of examination and authentication, the DB10 has undergone a digital scan which has been verified and held in a secure archive for future reference.