FORMER BEATLES ASTON MARTIN DB5 JOINS EXCLUSIVE AUCTION LINE-UP AT RMS INAUGURAL LONDON SALE

. October 25, 2007

The youngest Beatle, the late George Harrison, was an avid car collector and racing fan. Purchased at the height of Beatlemania was his first important car – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5. This magnificent and impressively original car will join a host of exquisite automobiles at RM Auctions’ inaugural London sale on October 31, 2007 at Battersea Park

AuctionPublicity.com BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (October 19, 2007) – To many, the Aston Martin is synonymous with James Bond, mere mention of its name conjuring up images of the sleek, iconic sports car with its debonair 007 British secret agent. Die-hard Beatles fans are however quick to link the marque to two of their favorite idols, Paul McCartney and the late George Harrison, both once proud Aston Martin owners, albeit of different colors.

Harrison, the youngest Beatle, was known as much as for his love of all things fast as he was as a music legend in the world’s most influential rock bands. A lifelong auto enthusiast and racing fan, he was a regular sight at Formula One and other racing events, and owned several important sports cars, including a platinum 1964 Aston Martin DB5 up for offers and a McLaren F1 seen in the Beatles Anthology film.

The George Harrison DB5 (Chassis #DB5/1896/R) will cross the block at RM Auction’s inaugural London sale at Battersea Park on October 31st. Joining the legendary car centre stage at the event will be automobiles from the esteemed private collections of English Formula 1 mogul, Bernie Ecclestone, Italian businessman Giuseppe Prevosti, and Brazilian collector, Abraham “Abba” Kogan. Whilst the auction will feature various important motorcars ranging from vintage classics through to high-powered sports cars, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is expected to attract significant interest with its distinguished ownership.

“The fascination with celebrity is very apparent in the collector car world,” said RM’s cofounder Mike Fairbairn.

“Whilst superior engineering and sophisticated styling make the car, celebrity ownership can elevate its importance to a whole new level.”

“It’s not everyday that a car like this famed DB5 comes up for auction – it’s sale in London presents a very rare opportunity for serious car collectors to not only bid upon and ultimately acquire a magnificent vehicle, but also a rare piece of Beatles motoring history,” added Fairbairn.

The historic Harrison Aston Martin, featured in the London sale, is unrestored and in remarkable original condition. As verified by Chris E. Baker, General Manager of Service Operations at Aston Martin Lagonda, it was constructed in 1964 and delivered by Brian Epstein’s venture “Brydor Cars Ltd” to George Harrison Esq. at his Kinfauns estate, Claremount Park, in Surrey on January 1st 1965. Special features included black Connolly leather interior, chrome wire wheels and Avon Turbospeed tires. A heated rear window, Motorola radio with power aerial, Britax safety belts, a detachable passenger’s side headrest, and FIAM horns with changeover switch were also fitted at time of production.

Following its brush with Beatles fame, the DB5 found its way into a museum collection in Tokyo. Japan before its eventual purchase by its current owner in 1997, who imported the car to Germany. The car is now being offered (without reserve) for the first time at public auction at the London sale and expected to bring $250,000 – $300,000 U.S.

In addition to this famous DB5, other notable and historic cars consigned for the London sale include:

• 1922 Hispano-Suiza Boulogne • 1927 Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix Car • 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster • 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM • 1960 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Nembo’ Spyder • 1966 Ford GT40

RM’s inaugural London sale illustrates the Canadian-based company’s continued successful expansion into the European market. The October 31 event, which RM will present in association with Sotheby’s, is the company’s second European auction and follows closely on the heels of its record-breaking $46 million sale in Maranello, Italy back in May.

For further information on the London sale and other RM Auctions events, please visit www.rmauctions.com

About RM Auctions Celebrating nearly 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles. Renowned for setting international records, RM has offices in the United States, Canada and U.K. to provide international auction and restoration services for their global clients. In 2006, RM Auto Restorations, Inc. won the unprecedented “triple crown” for receiving “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three international collector car events – the Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc., and this event, visit www.rmauctions.com or call toll free: (800) 211-4373 or 519-352-4575.

About Sotheby’s Sotheby’s is the parent company of Sotheby’s worldwide auction, private sales and art-related financing activities. The Company operates in 34 countries, with principal salerooms located in New York and London. The Company also regularly conducts auctions in 14 other salerooms around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Singapore. Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BID.

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