Bonhams to Sell King Baudouin of Belgium’s Aston Martin at the Grand Palais

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PARIS.- A 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Sports Saloon, which was owned by King Baudouin of Belgium, who reigned in Belgium from 1951 until his death in 1993, is to be sold at Bonhams’ Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais on 5 February 2011. The car, which was supplied new to the King in February 1955, has attracted a pre-sale estimate of €200,000 – 240,000. King Baudouin was renowned for his love of fast cars. As well as having this Aston Martin, described in Autocar (1953) as ‘an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations’, he also owned a Porsche Spyder and was passionate about Maseratis. Accompanied by photographs of King Baudouin with his brother, the present King Albert II, the car is in concours condition following its complete restoration to original specification between 2001 and 2008. A 1956