Harrison's Aston Martin auctioned

A platinum silver Aston Martin DB5, which once belonged to George Harrison, went under the hammer for a higher-than-expected £310,000 at Coys' 1 Greats Auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster.

The classic car with a black Connolly leather interior, which was bought by Harrison in 1965, incorporates many features requested by the former Beatle, such as chrome wire wheels with Avon tyres, a heated rear windscreen, a radio and Britax safety belts.

An anonymous Beatles fan from the US bought the vehicle which had just over 22,000 miles on the clock.

The Aston did not have any major mechanical problems and ran well, according to auctioneers.

Chris Routledge, managing director of Coys, said: "There was a battle royal for this car which went for some £50,000 over its estimate."

The price at which the car went under the hammer is exclusive of a buyer's premium of 15%.

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