‘Pawn Stars’: Chumlee Once Bought a James Bond Toy That’s Worth a Serious Fortune

by Chris Haney
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In a previous season of Pawn Stars, Special Agent Chumlee went all-in for a 007 James Bond vintage toy car, which cost an eye-catching amount.

The newest season of the hit History Channel series came out earlier this year in August. The popular show is now in its 19th season after debuting on the network back in 2009. As one of Rick Harrison‘s main staff members, Austin “Chumlee” Russell has been part of the show since its first season. He’s the longtime best friend of Harrison’s son, Corey, and an honorary member of their family on and off the show. While Chumlee may seem like a numskull at times, when it comes to the Pawn Stars business, he’s as knowledgable as they come.

That’s why he didn’t pass at the opportunity to buy a rare toy replica of the famous car used in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger. In Season 8, a seller brought in the item, which checked numerous boxes for multiple collectors. There’s plenty of buyers out there interested in vintage movies, vintage cars, and vintage toys. This particular item would appeal to all three collectors.

The customer brought in a rare toy replica of the legendary Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger. The toy car comes fully loaded with the same extra features the British spy utilized in the film. There are ejection seats, machine guns, tire-shredding rims, and a changing license plate all outfitted on the vintage toy. As much as Chumlee loved the car, he didn’t quite know its fair value. As the guys on Pawn Stars often do, he decided to call in an expert to evaluate the Aston Martin.

‘Pawn Stars’ Employee Chumlee Calls In the Expert

The seller says he’s done his own research on the vintage toy car, and that it sells for anywhere from $200 to $2,000. That’s quite the price range, so now it’s the expert’s turn to take a look at the car.

The guys on Pawn Stars frequently call in vintage toy expert and Toy Shack owner Johnny Jimenez about any toys that come through their doors. Jimenez couldn’t contain his excitement when he saw the Aston Martin and called it “amazing.” As he said, the toy is quite advanced for one made in 1965. He puts two large batteries in the car to find out if it’s still functioning properly. More than five decades later, the Aston Martin toy still works.

However, it’s now time to get down to business and see if Chumlee and the seller can agree on a price. The expert says he’s never seen an original box for the toy in such excellent condition. He calls the Aston Martin toy car a “piece of history,” so you know it’s worth a pretty penny.

Jimenez stunned the seller when he claimed that he values the item at “no less than $2,400.” Obviously, Chumlee isn’t going to pay top dollar since the Pawn Stars shop has to make money as well. The two men end up bartering a bit and coming to an agreement at $1,450. It’s a win-win situation for them both.

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