Lotus Esprit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me up for auction

The Lotus Esprit submarine that starred in The Spy Who Loved Me will be going under the hammer at RM Auctions' London auction in September.

Dubbed "Wet Nellie," the car was built by Florida-based Perry Oceanographic for a reported cost in excess of $100,000 (€76,870/ £65,755) - roughly $500,000 (€384,350 / £328,775) in today's money. It was a fully functional submarine that was used for underwater shots during filming.

After production wrapped up, the car was shipped to New York where it was put into storage for a decade. In 1989, the contents of the storage unit were sold at a blind auction to cover delinquent rent. A local couple submitted a "modest" bid and were surprised to discover they won a classic movie car.

According to RM Auctions' European Managing Director Max Girardo, "We have a great track record in selling incredible and iconic movie cars, and this particular Lotus is certainly up there amongst the most famous cars of all time. Over the years, millions of moviegoers have stared in awe as the Lotus transformed itself into a submarine, and now, perhaps one of them will have an opportunity to own it."

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