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Queen’s nephew buys Aston Martin CEO’s Rapide at auction


Only one of the 245 lots offered remained unsold after the sale on Saturday, which drew some 2,000 people to the Works Service in Tickford Street.
The top selling car of the day was lot 333 (pictured), a beautifully restored 1963 DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible that sold for a predicted £507,500.
With only 60,000 miles on the odometer, the similar example barn-find 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible was also keenly fought over before it finally sold for an outstanding £309,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £80,000-140,000.
Lot 340, a 2009 Aston Martin Rapide Sports Saloon used by Aston Martin chief executive Dr Ulrich Bez and sold by the company in aid of charities providing relief following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, drew considerable interest.
After a spirited bidding battle, it sold to Viscount Linley for £112,000 (estimate £80,000-£100,000).
Another surprising result for a barn-discovery was lot 316, the Aston Martin DB5 Saloon that witnessed a battle between 11 telephone bidders; five absentee bidders and seven people in the room – and finally realising £282,000 against an estimate of £50,000-60,000.
Two cars converted by the Works Service to be identical replicas of two of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martins featured in the 007 films On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Living Daylights both sold for over their pre-sale estimate, realising £106,000 (estimate £50,000-£70,000) and £172,000 respectively (estimate £70,000-£100,000).
Other top sellers included a rare 1965 DB5 Vantage Shooting Brake at £430,500 (estimate £250,000-£300,000).
Aston Martin Works Service director Kingsley Riding-Felce said: “Once again we have had more people than ever before turn out to come to Works Service in Newport Pagnell for what has become the most important sale of Aston Martins on the international calendar.  The sale results once again demonstrate the ever growing interest in heritage Aston Martins.”