Can you believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film Goldfinger? Well it does and Christie’s have just announced the following:



London – To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger, EON Productions has commissioned a one-off gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 which Christie’s will offer in a special online auction to benefit the NSPCC. The replica DB5 has been signed by legendary Bond Production Designer Sir Ken Adam, who designed the Q branch modifications to the car for Sean Connery as agent 007 in 1964’s Goldfinger. Prop-makers Propshop, who manufactured the scale model DB5’s required for special effect scenes in Skyfall using 3D scans of the full size DB5, have created a one-off gold model with 24 carat gold plated detailing, complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet proof shield and revolving number plate. The unique Goldfinger model is expected to sell for between £40,000-60,000 ($66,000-100,000) and will be available for bidding online from 8th September at, with bidding closing on 17th September, the 50th Anniversary of the World Premiere of Goldfinger.
I am sure that there will be some stiff competion for this and it is certainly for a very good cause. Good luck!

The Aston Martin Centenary Art Exhibition, 22nd – 29th November.

The Aston Martin Centenary Art Exhibition, The Aston Martin W-One Gallery, Park Lane, 22 – 29 November.

To mark the centenary of this prestigious and stylish luxury sports car Aston Martin asked the noted artist James Hart Dyke to make a series of paintings in celebration.  He has recorded special centenary events and races, including the Le Mans and Nürburgring 24 hour races.

'At speed, Le Mans 24 hour race'  oil on canvas 90x90cm

‘At speed, Le Mans 24 hour race’
oil on canvas 90x90cm

He also caught on canvas and paper behind-the-scenes activities at the brand’s factory at Gaydon in Warwickshire, showing elements of the manufacturing and hand-built process used in the creation of these superb vehicles.

‘Rig’ 2013 acrylic on paper 40x30cm

‘Rig’ 2013
acrylic on paper 40x30cm

In one picture, Hart Dyke, who last year designed the official silk screen print marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, depicts Sir Stirling Moss with the 6.0-litre V12-powered CC100 (created to celebrate the centenary) and the DBR1, which was the inspiration for it.  The DBR1 was the model in which Sir Stirling won the Nürburgring 1,000km race in 1959. Sir Stirling is shown with both cars shortly after he had lapped the circuit, once more, in DBR1 in May of this year.

‘Sir Stirling Moss with the DBR1 and CC100, Nurburgring’ 2013 oil on canvas 97x128cm

‘Sir Stirling Moss with the DBR1 and CC100, Nurburgring’ 2013
oil on canvas 97x128cm

A great way to celebrate a 100th birthday!

'Pit stop, Nurburgring 1'  oil on canvas 90x90cm

‘Pit stop, Nurburgring 1’
oil on canvas 90x90cm