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You could own the crashed Wolf of Wall Street Lamborghini

02nd November 2023
Russell Campbell

The 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary that starred in Martin Scorsese's blockbuster – The Wolf of Wall Street – will cross the block at Bonhams’ On The Grid Abu Dhabi Sale on 25th November.

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Carrying an upper estimate of more than £1.6 million, chassis no. ZA9CA05A6KLA12692 played a starring role in the film that tracked the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. From humble beginnings, Belfort became a billion-dollar stockbroker before he was exposed as a money launderer and fraudster who was ultimately sentenced to four years in prison. 

While the Countach starred for just over three minutes in the three-hour film, they were amongst some of the most memorable minutes.

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The car’s main scene showed a drug-addled Belfort, high on quaaludes, tumbling down a flight of stairs onto the pavement before dragging himself on his back feet first to the door of the Lambo, opening the door with his foot. Having hauled himself halfway onto the driver’s seat – after an incomprehensible mobile phone conversation with his wife – Belfort sets off home with the car’s scissor door still open.

While the film’s narration – carried out by the real Jordan Belfort – implies the journey home was uneventful, the damage done to the Lamborghini tells a different story. A flashback later in the movie confirms Belfort swerved all over the road, bouncing into other cars and road furniture causing the damage you say here.

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Well, we say that the Lamborghini proved surprisingly resilient, causing Scorsese to instruct his crew to cause more damage, off camera, with a car and flatbed truck. The end result served as a metaphor for Belfort's car-crash lifestyle. 

The Countach’s film connection – Wolf of Wall Street was Scorsese's highest-grossing film, taking $406.9 million and winning five Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globes – means it’s worth around four times more than an undamaged Countach.

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Sweeteners to inform that heightened price include DiCaprio’s costume from the quaalude scene and a director’s chair and clapboard signed by Scorsese, DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie, who played Belfort’s wife in the film.

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