1. James Bond's Lotus Esprit Going Up For Auction

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-11-13

    James Bond’s Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me will be hitting the auction block next month.

    To be sold during the annual Bonhams motoring sale on 1 December, it is expected to fetch £120,000. The full press release follows:

    James Bond Car ‘To Fetch £120,000’

    James Bond’s Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it goes up for auction next month.

    Auction house Bonhams is also hoping that the registration number AU1 from Bond classic Goldfinger will raise lots of “money pennies” when it goes in the same sale.

    The white 1976 Lotus Esprit from the 1977 film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, will be sold on December 1 at the auction house’s annual motoring sale at Olympia, in west London.

    The classic sports car is expected to raise £100,000 to £120,000, Bonhams said.

    The racy motor is one of two Lotus cars driven in the film by Bond.

    It turns into an amphibious car for the movie, driven both on land and underwater.

    The first registration issued in Nottingham in 1903, AU1 was fitted to the Rolls Royce Phantom III used by arch villain Goldfinger in the film of the same name, since AU is the chemical symbol for gold in the Periodic Table.

    The registration number is expected to fetch more than £80,000.

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