Beatle's Aston Martin stalls at auction

Last updated 14:10 01/11/2012
Sir Paul McCartney's Aston Martin DB5.

DRIVE MY CAR: Sir Paul McCartney's Aston Martin has failed to meet estimates at an auction in England.

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Money can't buy you love, but it can get you a bargain - if that's what paying $603,000 is - on a pre-loved Aston Martin once owned by a Beatle.

An Aston Martin DB5 coupe, custom-made for Sir Paul McCartney, has sold for £307,500 (NZ$603,175) in London.

The Sierra Blue 1964 DB5 coupe was specially modified for McCartney and is fitted with a Philips Auto-Mignon record player. It has a black leather interior stitched with patterns that resemble musical notes.

But it seems the car's star billing didn't translate into auction success, as organisers had tipped the car would go for as much as £380,000 (NZ$745,414). That figure looks tame when compared to the price paid for the 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom with the psychedelic paint job owned by John Lennon, which went for roughly NZ$2.9 million in 1985.

It also fell short of the circa-NZ$880,000 paid for a light blue Ford Escort once owned by Pope John Paul II.

McCartney is believed to have ordered the Aston Martin shortly after filming A Hard Day's Night and starring on the Ed Sullivan show.

The DB5 was made famous by the James Bond movie Goldfinger.

A convertible version of the DB5 also went under the hammer with RM Auctions on Wednesday for £565,000 (NZ1.108 million).

The star of the show was an aluminium-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "gullwing" which sold for £2.4m (NZ$4.7m), about eight times the price of a new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

-Fairfax News Australia

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