Westlife star Shane Filan fetched €398,000 for his James Bond 1964 Aston Martin, when it went under the hammer yesterday.

The silver DB5 4.2 litre sports saloon was driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond film Goldfinger and was auctioned off in the UK at the three-day Goodwood Revival motorsport and aviation event.

It was expected by auctioneers Bonhams that the car would fetch around €300,000, but it well exceeded expectations and was sold to a telephone bidder.

Sligo-born Filan, who is a car fanatic, bought the motor as a 30th birthday present to himself. However, he put it up for sale because he is always on tour and he won’t get a chance to use it.

The car remains the most famous off all the James Bond Aston Martins, having appeared in five movies out of the series.