The silver engine powered by Sean Connery in Goldfinger disappeared from a hangar at a Florida airport in 1997 and has not been seen since
An art detective looking for James Bond’s famous Aston Martin DB5 says he believes he knows where the € 25 million car is.
The silver engine , who was driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger, disappeared from a Florida airport hangar in 1997 and has not been seen since.
Chris Marinello of Art Recovery International, who specializes in finding stolen and looted art, believes However, that these are kept in a private collection of an extraordinary 4,000 cars in the Middle East.
In an interview with the Crime World podcast this week, Marinello describes his career in which he has art worth more than 500 million euros has won back.
And the attorney says that finding the 1964 Aston Martin is both a personal obsession and a job.
“I represent the insurance company that paid out the 1997 loss. This car was stored in a storage unit at the Florida private airport using private jets. It was before September 11th, so we’re talking about a time when the logs weren’t as thorough as they are now regarding the comings and goings, “he said.
” Somebody just pulled out of the car dragged its camp, which could have been a cargo plane, and it took off and has not been seen since. So my client, the insurer, was working with people like a podcast to get the word out that the car is missing, it’s stolen. There is a legal dispute and it cannot be displayed or sold without resolving that dispute.
“I got a very interesting tip a few months ago. Someone came forward to say they saw the car. Now all the time I get tips about works of art and cars that are way out of the field, husbands telling their wives, etc., with no basis in reality. But that reference to the car had something none of them had before. This person knew something that only someone who saw the car would know, and I can’t tell what that is.
“But I’m getting closer and closer to the owner and recently collaborated on a podcast because I want to for you to contact me. I don’t think they knew it was stolen when they bought it. But I want you to get in touch and tell me the car is in your huge collection. I want to sit down and negotiate a deal discreetly and amicably. And I can do that. “
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Marinello says the car is the most famous in the world, and a number of major auction houses have told him they could sell it for E 25 million.
“Who doesn’t love the first James Bond car? all these gimmicks? There is only one thing. A total of four were made; the first is missing, the second was done because the first was too slow for the fast car scenes in the film, the third and fourth were done for promotional purposes; they didn’t have screen time. There is only one James Bond Aston Martin DP216 / 1. ”
In an in-depth interview, Marinello talks about his long career in the hunt for works of art stolen by Nazi looters and other paintings, clocks and artifacts that move around the world.
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