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Barrett-Jackson expanded its auction tent for 2006 to accommodate more spectators. The 120,000-square-foot main tent is the largest such structure in North America.
Another of Barrett-Jackson's star lots for 2006 was this 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special, a concept car that also toured with GM's Motorama. Styled under the direction of the legendary Harley Earl, it sold for more than $3 million (including buyer's premium).
Bond, James Bond
Across town at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Arizona Biltmore Resort, RM Auctions held its annual classic car sale. Star attraction there was this 1965 Aston Martin DB5, one of four built for the James Bond films "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball." Not a "hero car" but one used for promotions surrounding the films, it sported all the gadgets used in the movies, although the machine guns merely make sound effects rather than firing bullets. Unrestored and with only two owners since new, it sold Friday for more than $2 million (including buyer's premium).