Gold-plated Corgi Bond DB5 to sell at auction.
A rare gold-plated version of one of the most popular toys of the 1960s - a James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Corgi car - is expected to fetch well over PS2,000 at auction tomorrow.
Around four million of the die-cast miniatures were made, complete with ejector seat, retractable machine guns and rams, but only a tiny few goldplated examples were produced for VIP visitors to the factory, and it's thought that fewer than 10 are still in existence.
The rarity comes as part of an important collection of miniature toys expected to fetch at least PS20,000 for the grandson of the founder of Mettoy Toys which produced the Corgi models.
The regular James Bond DB5 was a huge hit in 1965 and there were said to be near-riots when stores sold out of the 9s 11d toy. Bond's Aston Martin on screen was silver, but Corgi painted its model gold in a nod to Goldfinger and in the belief the toys would otherwise have looked unpainted and dull.
Toy specialists Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Teesside, is selling 120 cars for Charles Ullmann, whose grandfather Philipp started the business after fleeing Germany in the 1930s.
He remembered spending school holidays at the family's factories - sometimes getting up to mischief with his brother - and seeing toy development at first hand in the 1960s.
Now 68 and retired from owning a gastropub near Goodwood, West Sussex, Mr Ullmann will use the proceeds for his full-sized vintage cars.
He owns a Riley Gamecock and said: "This could possibly pay for a new engine or gearbox, or a garage."
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