James Bond Lotus submarine sells in London for $966,560

With the $966,560 sale ($863,000 plus a 12-percent buyer’s premium) of the white 1977
Lotus Esprit S1 submarine used in the 1977
James Bond film
The Spy Who Loved Me, we now know «the Roger Moore discount.»

Recall that
Sean Connery’s silver 1964 Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 was sold by RM Auctions in
London in 2010 for $4.6 million. Three years later, the same
auction company in the same city has sold the
aforementioned Lotus for just under $1 million.

An unscientific poll of those in the room showed that people preferred Sean Connery’s Bond to Roger Moore’s by a rate of four to one. And thus it translated into the bidding for their respective cars. No word on the identity of the buyer or his plans for what is, in fact, a working submarine.

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