Gold-Plated Aston Martin DB5 Heads to Auction

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Scale model receives the Midas touch; looks to raise $100k for charity.

This gold-plated Aston Martin DB5 may only be a one-third scale model of the classic sports car, but it's still expected to fetch as much as £60,000 at Christie's special online sale. Marking the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger and the first time the DB5 appeared in a James Bond film, money raised from the auction will go to children's charity NSPCC. The intricate 24-carat gold plated detailing was completed using 3D scans of the full-size DB5, while other cool features include radio-controlled machine guns, a bullet-proof shield and revolving number plate.

Nicolette Tomkinson, Head of Popular Culture at Christie's, said: "The Aston Martin DB5 is clearly an iconic sports car. However this Goldfinger model version, with 24-carat gold detailing, is truly unique and as such we anticipate worldwide interest and competitive bidding. We are confident that this online-only sale will raise a significant sum for the NSPCC." The model will be signed by Sir Ken Adam, the original designer of the Q-branch mods made to the car back in 1964. The online sale will also include a unique wristwatch created by Omega along with other Bond memorabilia. Bidding for the gold Aston has already begun and will end on September 17.

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