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1976 Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977. Sold 9/9 £550 000

10 Sep

1976 Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977. Sold 9/9 £550 000  http://www.007museum.com/lotus_esprit.htm

A submarine car used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me has been sold for £550,000.

The Lotus Esprit sold for less than the guide price despite a bidding war between a woman in the auction room and a telephone bidder who took the prized collector’s piece.

The car, said to be fully operational, was used in the underwater scene of the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007.

After filming it toured various car shows before being stored in New York.

It was sold at RM Auctions in Battersea, south-west London, for less than the estimated price of between £650,000 and £950,000.

In had previously been auctioned as a blind lot in 1989.

Peter Haynes, from the auction house, said: ”Bearing in mind it is not a car that can be driven on the road, the price just goes to prove the draw that all Bond-related memorabilia has.”

A submarine car used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me has been sold for £550,000.

A submarine car used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me has been sold for £550,000.
The Lotus Esprit sold for less than the guide price despite a bidding war between a woman in the auction room and a telephone bidder who took the prized collector’s piece.
The car, said to be fully operational, was used in the underwater scene of the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007.
After filming it toured various car shows before being stored in New York.
It was sold at RM Auctions in Battersea, south-west London, for less than the estimated price of between £650,000 and £950,000.
In had previously been auctioned as a blind lot in 1989.
Peter Haynes, from the auction house, said: ”Bearing in mind it is not a car that can be driven on the road, the price just goes to prove the draw that all Bond-related memorabilia has.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24014822

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James Bond’s submarine Lotus Esprit car sold at auction

10 Sep

James Bond’s submarine Lotus Esprit car sold at auction from The Spy Who Loved Me 1977

A submarine car used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me has been sold for £550,000.

The Lotus Esprit sold for less than the guide price despite a bidding war between a woman in the auction room and a telephone bidder who took the prized collector’s piece.

The car, said to be fully operational, was used in the underwater scene of the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007.

After filming it toured various car shows before being stored in New York.

It was sold at RM Auctions in Battersea, south-west London, for less than the estimated price of between £650,000 and £950,000.

In had previously been auctioned as a blind lot in 1989.

Peter Haynes, from the auction house, said: ”Bearing in mind it is not a car that can be driven on the road, the price just goes to prove the draw that all Bond-related memorabilia has.”

 

Lot 243

007 Lotus Esprit ‘Submarine Car’

To be auctioned on Monday, September 9, 2013

Without Reserve

£650,000 – £950,000

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1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79] in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977

1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79] in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977

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1976 Lotus Esprit (79) in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977 4 sale…

1 Jul

The iconic white Lotus Esprit that transformed from a supercar to a super-submarine will go under the hammer in London this September.

A piece of cinematic and motoring history is set for auction: namely the lotus Esprit Series 1 submarine car, one of the stars of the Roger Moore James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

The sale, by RM Auctions on September 8-9 in Battersea Park, is expected to draw huge crowds thanks to the provenance of James Bond and the renewed appetite for classic and unique cars. In 2010 RM Auctions oversaw the sale of the film franchise’s other iconic car, none other than the Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger and Thunderball for a scarcely believable £2.9 million ($4,608,500). And bidding is expected to be similarly brisk for the Lotus.

Remarkably, the car, which still features all of its weaponry and which was the only Lotus used in all of the underwater scenes during the making of the 1977 film, was thought to have been lost.

In 1989, the storage unit was put up for ‘blind auction’ due to non-payment of rent (the first 10 years had been paid in advance), and for a ‘modest winning bid’ a local couple became the new owners of a piece of cinematic history. Since then the vehicle has been authenticated and has been shown at a number of events and museums.

Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions, Europe, says: ”This particular Lotus is certainly up there amongst the most famous cars of all time. Over the years, millions of moviegoers have stared in awe as the Lotus transformed itself into a submarine, and now, perhaps one of them will have an opportunity to own it. Her Majesty’s Secret Service aside, it surely is the ultimate beach accessory!”

1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79] in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977

1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79] in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977

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