Judging by past sales of his band mates' cars, Sir Paul McCartney's stunning Aston Martin DB5 could see impressive results on Wednesday (October 31) in London.
In 2011, George Harrison's own DB5 was sold to a Texan buyer for £350,000 ($561,221), achieving a 75% increase on its £200,000 high estimate and further proving the power of anything Beatles related at auction. McCartney's 1964 model is expected to realised £300,000-380,000 ($481,200-609,521).
John Lennon's first car, a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe, was expected to sell for up to £140,000 ($224,000) in January 2011, but the car was pulled from the sale at the last minute. His 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V, complete with psychedelic artwork, sold for a reported $2.3m in 1985.
The DB5 at auction was delivered new to Sir Paul upon its release just days after the Beatles had embarked on their first world tour. It has changed hands four times since then, and has been consigned by a British collector who first acquired it in 2002.
Several of the features that McCartney selected when ordering the car were replaced following a complete "concours-level" restoration by the current owner. Sir Paul had originally chosen leather seats with musical notes embroidered across them, an unusual Philips Auto-Mignon record player and a Motorola radio.
Aside from its outstanding provenance, the DB5 can also expect heightened bids following the release of Skyfall - the latest instalment in the James Bond film series in which a classic example of the marque's most iconic model makes a long awaited return to the big screen.
Also featuring in the sale will be the ultra-rare 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, which is expected to see bids in the region of £2.5m-3.2m ($4m-5.1m).
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