As we previewed last month, the highly coveted and hugely rare Aston Martin DB10 – made specifically for the latest James Bond film, Spectre – went under the auctioneer’s gavel at Christie’s in London last night. The bidding was said to have been tense and exciting before a final winning bid of an Aston-ishing £2,434,500, with the proceeds being donated to Medicines Sans Frontiers.
The lucky buyer of this very special Aston Martin now owns a real piece of automotive history; the only DB10 to be made available for public sale. Celebrating the British sportscar marque’s 50 year relationship with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse of the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins, with the much-anticipated new DB11 set to debut on 1 March at the Geneva Motor Show.
Production of the DB10 was strictly limited to ten examples, with the model being developed and hand-built by the designers, engineers and artisan craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters for the latest 007 film.
In addition to being the sole DB10 to date to be made available for private ownership, this car is also the first ever Aston Martin to receive a platinum award from the Aston Martin Works Assured Provenance scheme, drawing on the unrivalled knowledge of a committee of authoritative Aston Martin experts.
The Assured Provenance certification programme is administered and run by the marque’s in-house heritage car facility – Aston Martin Works, based at the famous old Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell. 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.
Most of the ten carbon fibre and aluminium DB10s were modified for use in the filming of Spectre, but the example sold at auction last night is one of only two ‘show cars’, which were left unmodified and used for display purposes. This DB10 took pride of place at the world premiere of Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London and has been signed by James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.