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A van once used by SWAT teams and spray painted by the world’s best known street artist, Banksy, has sold at auction for £218,500 at Bonhams, London in June 2016. On one side of the van Bansky has spray-painted heavily armed Special Forces being duped by a small boy, and on the other side, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz is set amongst tag-style graffiti. The back of Banksy’s SWAT van reads ‘How’s My Bombing? Call...

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The Aston Martin centenary is celebrated with Champagne and canapés, while a discerning mouse finds an upmarket nesting place. Some of us can be surprisingly careless with our precious possessions, sometimes even forgetting where we left them. It’s possible, for example, to forget where you parked the car. But would you forget that you own an Aston Martin? Some do, it seems, because Aston Martins are quite frequently found slumbering in barns, their owners being...

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The 50th anniversary of Porsche’s iconic 911 car brings us a timely reminder of James Dean and his passion for his Porsche 550 Spyder. James Dean died on a California highway near Paso Robles when his speeding Porsche Spyder crashed head-on with an approaching vehicle. It was September 30, 1955, James Dean was just twenty-four and his untimely end cemented his image as the king of cool and the icon of teenage disillusionment. “Dream as if...

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James Bond has everything—beautiful women, hi-tech gizmos and of course the very latest supercars that power him through scrapes, crashes and numerous spectacular escapes. With cars being a large part of James Bond’s charismatic image, these supercars are currently taking centre stage in this anniversary year marking 50 years since the launch of the first Bond film, Dr. No. Part of the celebrations includes the ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition at the National Motor Museum at...

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A prestigious collection of classic cars once again made for a tremendous line-up at Bonhams’ flagship drive-through car auction in Paris. Even if there are signs of a global financial crisis in other sectors, there was little evidence of purse strings being tightened as bidders fought fiercely at Bonhams’ flagship classic car auction in Paris earlier this year. Spending over €7 million in total, the auction, which featured models from Aston Martin, Ferrari and Bentley,...

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Automobilia Collectors with a passion for classic cars and motorcycles congregate every year to bid at the Exceptional Motorcars, Motorcycles and Automobilia auction, held this year at Pebble Beach.  Held during Pebble Beach Car Week in the picturesque location of Carmel Valley, California, the Exceptional Motorcars, Motorcycles and Automobilia auction is renowned for drawing in collectors from around the world to bid fiercely on their chosen motors. However, this year’s sale had a slightly different...

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