• Jun 28, 2010
Audi A1 painted by Damien Hirst – Click above for high-res image

Elton John puts on auctions throughout the year for his AIDS foundation. The latest auction fete, held at Elton's manor, included an Audi A1 "spin painted" by British contemporary artist Damien Hirst. The A1 is still so far off that it hasn't even been priced yet, but one hopes the MSRP will be a scant fraction of the £350,000.00 ($527,205 U.S.) that the Hirst-hued model took home. Art may be dead, but apparently it is more expensive than ever...



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The star of Sir Elton John's White Tie & Tiara Ball last night (24 June 2010) was the Audi A1 car – specially spin painted by Britain's foremost contemporary artist, Damien Hirst – which fetched a staggering £350,000 during the auction. Close to 700 VIP guests from around the world converged on the private home of Sir Elton in Windsor, UK, to support his largest annual fundraiser for his AIDS Foundation.

Hirst took the new premium compact hatchback and turned it into an extraordinarily vibrant, dramatic and colourful work of art. The A1 is so new it will not reach UK customers until November at the end of this year.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation manages over £14 million in programmes across 15 countries supporting thousands of men, women and children with life saving medication, as well as information, nutrition, education, shelter and support. For more information visit: www.ejaf.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an idea instead of selling cars for charity why don't we auction off the destruction of vehicles for charity? Not say this car deserves destruction but how about the dragon corvette or Hitler's car? How much would people pay to see those turned into a solid metal block?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like someone puked all over it from above, in pink. Hideous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks it looks cool?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jesse

        More like a German take on "spin art" ( i.e., http://tinyurl.com/spinart2 ) but I still agree that it looks cool. Pink, purple, yellow, green...who cares? As long as it isn't grey like just about every other new car being pushed today! :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're not the only one. It's like a Teutonic spin on Jackson Pollack. Cool effect and great cause.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least its for a good cause.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to be so negative about art, but Damien Hirst just gets on my nerves. At least you could see Pollock's energy in his paintings. He really was authentic and original. I couldn't care less how much money Hirst makes. Because you know what, good for him. It just seems to me like Charles Saatchi and the Turner Prize are trying to turn art into some sort of investment opportunity. That doesn't sit right with me.

      Now about the actual car: I think it looks okay besides the tail lights. Not great just okay. The rear end looks a little too frumpy for an Audi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I for one, often mistake Jackson Pollock's paintings for his drop cloths."
        -- The Beast, X-Men
      • 4 Years Ago
      at first glance I thought it was bird droppings lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the A1 hasn't been priced. That typically means they're not for sale yet. How did they get one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd hate to be the one who put a scratch on that car. Better not call MAACO
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Pepto-Bismol fest just when you thought you were feeling better...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diaherra... YAY! Pepto-Bismol!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a tragedy for what passes for art these days. There's a guy out in NY who literally made hundreds of thousands of dollars by letting paint run down a canvas. I think AB has done a post on him.

      This thing is an abomination and ruins a perfectly beautiful car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ew
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was for charity, so the sale price is rather irrelevant. But given that the buyers would never drive an A1, arted up or not, I wonder how many years this will be garaged before it is given to a collector?
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