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James Bond's Lotus up for auction

James Bond's Lotus Esprit
An auction house worker poses with the car from the 1977 film.

James Bond's Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me is to go under the hammer at a London auction next month.

The white 1976 Lotus Esprit is expected to fetch between £100,000 - £120,000 at Bonhams annual motoring sale.

It is one of two Lotus cars - driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 film - which turned into an amphibious car when it ended up in the sea during a chase.

Bond fans will get the chance to bid on the car at the auction in Olympia, west London, on 1 December.

The registration number AU1 from Bond classic Goldfinger will also be up for auction in the same sale.

The first registration issued in Nottingham in 1903, AU1 was fitted to the Rolls Royce Phantom III used by arch villain Goldfinger in the film, as AU is the chemical symbol for gold in the periodic table.

Bonhams hope the plate will fetch more than £80,000.



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