Daniel Craig's Aston Martin fetches US$468,500 in NY

By AFP | 22 April 2018

NEW YORK: Aston Martin 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish / Vente The Exceptional Sale de Christie's le 20 avril 2018

James Bond actor Daniel Craig's Aston Martin, numbered with the character's signature 007, sold at auction Friday for US$468,500 (RM1.8mil).

Christie's, which announced results of the bidding, had estimated the limited-edition midnight blue 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish would fetch US$400,000-US$600,000.

Students from The Opportunity Network.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit The Opportunity Network, a charity helping under-served youths develop their careers. Both Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, sit on the charity's board.

Craig made a surprise appearance during the auction, joining the Christie's team to encourage a client to bid higher.

The car, which has a top speed of 295kph, is part of a series of just 100 which Aston Martin created in 2014 to celebrate the firm's 100th anniversary.

It is made of a lightweight bonded aluminium structure and motorsport-inspired carbon-fibre exterior. The handcrafted interior includes luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium.