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Auction house breaks record with £10m Aston Martin sale

Auction house Bonhams yesterday broke the record for the most valuable British car sold at a European auction when an Aston Martin was sold for more than £10m.

The 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato fetched £10,081,500, which Bonhams said was a record.

It sold in the room to a European buyer.

The lot was part of the auction houses Festival of Speed sale at Goodwood which saw sales of more than £32m in total.

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Other lots include a 1957 BMW 507 Roadster which sold for £3.8m, which Bonhams said is a world record price for a BMW sold at auction.

Racing cars were popular, with a Ferrari 1932-34 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Grand Prix Monoposto selling for £4,593,500.

Other highlights include a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon which £1.9m and a 1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer 'Blower' going and a 2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Coupe which both sold for just over £2m.

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British car marque Aston Martin, as seen in the James Bond films, is currently lining up a float that could value it at more than £4bn.

It reportedly appointed seven banks as bookrunners for the listing which is being planned for London or New York.

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