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25 years on, stolen Bond car found in Middle East

An Aston Martin DB5, that was used in the classic 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, has finally been tracked down. And it’s lurking somewhere in the Middle East!

A heist straight out of a movie

Last seen in 1997, the car was stolen from a secure airport hanger in Florida. And until now, no one had a clue about its whereabouts. However, an anonymous authenticator from the Art Recovery International group recently unearthed it and confirmed that it is the real deal!

Wait. Is it really a Bond car?

You bet it is.

First off, Art Recovery International has confirmed that the Aston Martin is the original car and not one of two replicas built for publicity and stunts. And it’s actually a Bond car with all the unique gadgetry you would expect!
Oh, and it’s worth roughly US$25 million.

So where is it and who is the evil mastermind?

Let’s not get the Walther PPKs out just yet.

Art Recovery International believes that the current possessor didn’t know that the car was stolen when they acquired it. Christopher Marinello, chief executive of Art Recovery International, wants them to come forward.

“I’m hopeful that the possessor will come forward voluntarily before I have to make an announcement,” Marinello told the press. “It’s my policy to give possessors of stolen and looted objects every opportunity to do the right thing.

“I don’t believe the current possessor knew the car was stolen when he or she acquired it. Now they do know, I think they should make every effort to have a discreet confidential discussion about how we clear the title to this iconic vehicle.”

The group has confirmed that the car is ‘In a private setting’ with Dubai, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia marked as “particular areas of interest”.

Let’s see where this story ends.

The resident ursine of BuzZzing .com, Mahesh always be found jumping from one obsession to the other and sometimes even writes about them. While not juggling hobbies, writing, and existential crises, he tries to get people to call him Nakashima.

nakashima@buzzzing.ae

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