The iconic Aston Martin DB5 that earned its place in history as James Bond's vehicle of choice in the 1964 movie Goldfinger has been discovered after it was reported stolen more than twenty-five years ago.

The whereabouts of the iconic Aston Martin DB5, James Bond's legendary automobile, was revealed recently. The vehicle was discovered in the Middle East, not North America, contrary to speculation. Sean Connery, the first James Bond, drove the car in the 1964 film Goldfinger. For the movie, the DB5 was fitted out with many of the famous gadgets that typified Bond movies, including pop-out machine guns, rotating number plates as well as a number of other "boy's toys."

The Aston Martin, which carries a current market value of around fifteen million pounds( $25 million), was stolen from a converted airport hangar in Florida in the summer of 1997. Since then, there has been no sign or word of the vehicle's whereabouts, not helped by the rather paltry $100,000 ( seventy thousand ) reward offered by the vehicle owner's insurance company to anyone who provides details of its whereabouts. Although details remain scant, according to reports available, the DB5's Chassis NO. DP/216/1 has been authenticated, proving that the vehicle is still alive and well.

Rumours have it that the Aston Martin was traced "somewhere in the Middle East" as part of a private collection.

Fingers are being cautious ly pointed at collectors from either Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, known for their taste in exclusive vehicles with the deep pockets to match.
While its exact location is still unknown, in recent weeks, the DB5 has apparently been taken out of its hiding place and been driven in public- hardly a wise move as the model is so well known and incredibly rare.

The car's existence was eventually brought to the attention of Art Recovery Worldwide, a privately owned concern base in Venice, Italy, who specialise in recovering missing objects of art, with the DB5 falling into that category.

According to a spokesperson for Art Recovery International “ARI”, with the news of the vehicle reappearance after all these years, the "owners" will be given a period of grace to allow them to come forward.

"It is very possible that these avid car collectors were in the dark as far as the vehicle's origin", stated the spokesperson. "Now that they are aware of the facts, I feel they should try to have a private discussion about how to clarify the title to this historic vehicle." The ARI spokesperson summed up.

When it was stolen, the vehicle owner was Anthony Pugliese, who paid out $275,000 ( one hundred and seventy thousand pounds) at a New York auction in 1986. If the DB5 is in good condition and worth around Fifteen million, Mr Pugliese will be showing a healthy return on his investment as well as saving 25 years’ worth of storage fees.

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