The other day we told you about British actor Peter Sellers' incredible 1964 Aston Martin DB4GT coming up for sale in September. But that's not the only awesome car with celebrity provenance set to cross the auction block in the next few months. Both a 1984 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit owned by the great Michael Caine and a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond flick Goldeneye will be available to speedy bidders with big bank accounts in June and July, respectively, courtesy of Bonhams.
Actually, Caine's Roller, though incredibly cool, might be a real steal for the savvy collector – the pre-sale estimate on it is only $18,000–$24,000. That's because it's one of the least valuable Rolls-Royce models, as well as the fact Caine is a slightly more esoteric icon, though in our eyes one of the most influential from cinema to men's style (hello Kingsman).
It's also got a fascinating story to tell, as Caine bought the posh ride new in Beverly Hills in 1983 at the age of 50 – the year he finally got his driver's license, though he'd owned many cars including other Rolls-Royces previously. As Caine recounted, he still hadn't learned to drive properly but the driving instructor was such a big fan he passed him anyway.
Caine ordered the car in a stunning two-tone combo of Ocean Blue and Deep Blue with a matching blue leather interior and wool carpets. He owned the Silver Spirit for several years before trading up for a newer model, continuing his long love affair with Rolls-Royce – though the feeling wasn't always mutual.
Caine's Cockney accent once got him turned away from one Rolls dealership even though he had the cash, whereupon he walked along to another showroom selling Rollers and bought one in bright "screw you" yellow. "Parking his new purchase right outside the first establishment, he walked in ‘Jack Carter style’ and told them exactly what he thought of them" – using only his middle finger – and "with a big grin spread over his face." The Rolls is part of Bonhams' Greenwich Concours d'Elegance sale in Connecticut on June 3.
The James Bond DB5, on the other hand, is expected to bring in up to $2 million even though it's not from the classic Sean Connery era. It is, however, one of the world's most iconic cars and as with Skyfall one that ties together and celebrates the Bond franchise no matter who is currently occupying the leading role. While this DB5 does not have the gadgetry of the Goldfinger original as a bona fide Bond car it's no doubt worth twice as much.
It's bound to be the starring lot at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in the UK on July 13 even though that event draws some of the world's most beautiful classic and supercars. In Goldeneye, Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, races the DB5 against Russian agent Xenia Onatop (Famke Janssen) in her Ferrari 355 through the hills above Monaco, a car chase that more than makes up for some shoddy 1990s production values. Check out the clip below.