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Classic Aston Martin breaks record with £10m auction bid

Bonhams said the '2 VEV' has become the most valuable British car ever sold in Europe.

The Aston Martin went under the hammer at the annual Festival of Speed sale at Goodwood
The Aston Martin went under the hammer at the annual Festival of Speed sale at Goodwood Bonhams/PA

A classic Aston Martin has fetched more than £10m at auction.

Bonhams said the sum makes the "2 VEV" the most valuable British car ever sold under the hammer in Europe.

The ex-Essex Racing Stable, 1961 Aston Martin "MP209" DB4GT Zagato was bought by a European buyer at the annual Festival of Speed sale at Goodwood, in Sussex.

A world record for the most valuable BMW ever sold under the hammer was also set at Bonhams 50th auction at the estate, the auction house said.

The 1957 BMW 507 Roadster, previously owned by British racing driver John Surtees, fetched £3,809,500.

James Knight, Bonhams motoring chairman and the auctioneer for the sale, said: "We are simply blown away by today's results."

He added: "The world records that we set today are indicative of the continued market desire for the historically significant motor cars with impeccable provenance such as '2 VEV' and the John Surtees BMW 507."

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