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Wine auctioneer Hart Davis Hart sees sales rise

Chicago-based Hart Davis Hart reported its yearly wine auction sales totaled $39.2 million, a 63 percent increase over 2009. Get the full story »

Looking for a car? Try 007’s Aston Martin

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in the Goldfinger and Thunderball films is displayed prior to being featured in the "Automobiles of London" rare car auction in Battersea Park in London. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

For the discerning driver, it’s got an ejector seat, machine guns, and a world-class pedigree. Problem is, it’s going to cost a truckload of dough.

One of the world’s most famous James Bond cars — the specially-equipped Aston Martin first driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” — will be auctioned in London on Wednesday evening, and it’s likely to fetch one of the highest prices ever paid for an automobile.

The unique car, which also has rotating license plates and other spy gear, is expected to go for more than 3.5 million pounds ($5.5 million).

The silver Aston Martin DB5 coupe was used by Connery to elude various villains in both “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” — generally regarded as early classics in Hollywood’s longest running and most successful film franchise. Get the full story »

Brown’s to go to auction in Chapter 11 move

From Crain’s Chicago Business | Brown’s Chicken and Pasta has agreed to be sold at auction as a going concern to speed its contentious bankruptcy proceedings.

CME to list cash-settled treasury futures

CME Group Inc. intends to broaden the base of traders for its core interest-rate product line, launching in October a futures market tapping into the mammoth supply of U.S. government debt sold at auction. Get the full story »