Sir Paul's Aston Martin up for auction

Bidding for a vintage car previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney is expected to reach as high as £300,000 at an auction in Battersea Park in London.

The dark blue Aston Martin DB5 was purchased by the Beatles legend back in 1964 before the band set out on a world tour. He customised the vehicle's interior with black leather and also added a record player as well as a Motorola radio.

According to Peter Wallman, a staff member at RM Auctions, the car's heritage makes it an extra special item. He noted that the company has previously sold cars that belonged to the actor Steve McQueen for up to ten times the value of the same car without its celebrity association.

Mr Wallman added: "I'm not going to predict that happening here but if somebody collects Beatles memorabilia and just really wanted to have Paul McCartney's Aston Martin then it could go crazy."

The car is among 93 classic vehicles being auctioned in London. In total, the auction is expected to see sales of approximately £20 million. McCartney's Aston Martin is the most significant lot however.

A Time magazine profile even mentioned the car in 1967. The writer noted that McCartney "tools around town in a spiffy blue Aston Martin DB5". Sir Paul would go on to sell the vehicle in 1970, although he has also gone on to buy a number of other Aston Martins in recent years.

The auction firm believes that the combination of the DB5's reputation and McCartney's ownership could see the price spiral upwards. Mr Wallman noted that both the previous owner and the model of car are icons in their own right.

Bandmate George Harrison also bought an Aston Martin DB5. This sold five years ago for a price of $464,000 (or almost £290,000 at the current rate of exchange).

Sir Paul's Aston Martin will forever be associated with a golden era for The Beatles. It was purchased just weeks before the band's infamous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in America. In the same period, The Beatles also wrapped filming on the movie A Hard Day's Night.

Aston Martin delivered the car to the offices of Sir Paul's accountants on July 3, 1964. For the next few years, the car made regular appearances as the Beatle enjoyed living in London.

Service records show that McCartney ran up 40,513 miles on the vehicle's clock before deciding to give it up at the end of the 60s.

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