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Mystery buyer bids $3.5 million for Aston Martin DB10

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 (Christie's)

Aston Martin built 10 examples of a stunning sports car known as the DB10 for the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre. Of these, one was offered for sale to the public to help raise funds for charity. The auction took place last night at Christie’s in London and the winning bid came in at £2,434,500 (approximately $3,478,700). All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit Médecins Sans Frontières.

The mystery buyer now owns a true piece of automotive history. Furthermore, although there were 10 DB10s built, many are in poor condition due to the rigors of filming. The one that just went under the hammer is one of only two “show” cars left unmodified. This is because it was mostly used for close-up camera work and display purposes.

The DB10 is based on Aston Martin’s Vantage sports car and maintains the production model’s 4.7-liter V-8. Peak output is 420 horsepower and drive is to the rear wheels only, via a six-speed manual transmission.

Though this particular example is in full working condition, since it’s not homologated, certified or approved for use on any public roads it can’t be registered for road use. It does quality for Aston Martin’s Assured Provenance registry, though.

“The DB10 is one of the rarest cars ever created,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement. “Only 10 will ever be made and this is the only one that will be made available for sale."

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