Like something out of a Storage Wars fairy tale, the Lotus Esprit submarine -- dubbed "Wet Nelly" on the set of the 1977 James Bond classic "The Spy Who Loved Me" -- was discovered in a Long Island locker that was purchased for less than $100. The prop, a fully functioning underwater vehicle that was revealed to be the real deal and once piloted by Roger Moore as 007, later went on to net $968,000 in an auction in London last month.
Now it's been revealed that the secret buyer, who allegedly got the best of a fervent competitor in a heated bidding war, is none other than Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, reports Jalopnik. Despite its rare function, the Esprit is not the most expensive Bond car to go to auction; the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" went for a little more than $4 million in 2010.
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