By Jon Howe
Sir Paul McCartney's vintage Aston Martin DB5, driven by him when The Beatles were reaching the height of their international fame, has been sold for £307,500 at auction.
On the eve of the band's world tour in 1964 the Beatles' bassist, singer and songwriter ordered the blue sports car and fitted it out with a black leather interior, Motorola radio and its own personal record player. He bought the car just weeks after the famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in America and completion of filming A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles were about to go global.
An auction took place at Battersea Park, and the Aston Martin was one of 93 classic cars that went under the hammer.
Co-running the bidding for RM Auctions wasPeter Wallman, who admitted the combination of the famous owner and the car itself made it a particularly special item
Mr Wallman said:"We've sold a couple of cars owned by Steve McQueen which have sold for eight, nine, 10 times what they would be worth if they were just regular cars."