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Bond car up for grabs - Preview: Bonhams, December 1

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With James Bond fever reaching new heights following the premiere of Quantum of Solace, it comes as no surprise that itchy-fingered owners would decide that now’s a good time to sell. Although the Lotus Esprit that featured in The Spy Who Loved Me lags behind the more illustrious Bond Aston Martins, it’s still a hot ticket and its sale is likely to attract significant attention from Collectors.The car, which introduced the world to the joys of the submersible Lotus to the world was a major attraction of the film, and no doubt helped sell countless Esprits. However like all Bond memorabilia, it’s unlikely to come cheap – and will head the bill at Bonhams’ annual motoring Sale at Olympia in West London, expecting to fetch between £100,000-120,000.For those with a Bond fetish, also for sale is the registration number AU1, which adorned Auric Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. The registration was originally issued in Nottingham in 1903, and is the perfect ‘plate for someone called Auric, with a penchant for gold (AU is the chemical symbol). Like the Esprit, it’s going to be expensive, with Bonhams expecting it to fetch in excess of £80,000.Away from  the Bond hype, you’ll find a number of other exciting cars, such as the 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville HJ Mulliner (£320,000-360,000), 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental (£180,000-240,000), and a 1925 Bentley 3-litre Short Chassis (£180,000-220,000).

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