A new supercar is a cause good enough on its own; all the more so when the car in question is being auctioned off to raise funds for charity. In this case, the very first U.S.-bound Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder to roll off the assembly line in Sant'Agata Bolognese was auctioned off this past weekend to the highest bidder at the 16th Annual Race to Erase MS event in LA.
This particular Lambo Spyder was prepared especially for the charity event, in black with orange accents in the organization's colors. The winning bid of $270,000 (a good $50k or so over list) was placed together by Kymberly Gold of True Religion Jeans and music producer Victor Newman, who will apparently be sharing the two-seat roadster when it arrives at the beginning of U.S. delivery next month. Proceeds from the auction – part of the $2 million raised at this year's event – go to the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, and the funds will be earmarked for MS research and public awareness campaigns. Details in the press release after the jump.
First U.S. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder Auctioned at Race to Erase MS Charity Event
LOS ANGELES, CA UNITED STATES
~ Malibu Couple Place Winning Bid to Support the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis ~
LOS ANGELES, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., creator of the world's most exclusive super sport cars, donated the proceeds from the first U.S.-bound Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder to support the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the 16(th) Annual Race to Erase MS charity event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles on May 8, 2009.
Kymberly Gold, former co-founder/co-creator of True Religion Jeans, and music producer Victor Newman placed the winning bid of $270,000 for rights to the first U.S. Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, with delivery estimated to take place within one month. This particular LP 560-4 Spyder was ordered six months in advance to be hand-built specifically for the Race to Erase MS event in all black with subtle orange accents in honor of the charity.
"We are very grateful for Mr. Newman and Ms. Gold's generous bid for the first LP 560-4 Spyder," stated Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. "Their contribution to the Nancy Davis Foundation will provide great support to help the cure of this terrible disease. They are a very welcomed addition to the Lamborghini family."
The winning auction price of the LP 560-4 ranks as one of the highest amounts ever paid for a single item in the event's 16 year history. The Race to Erase MS auction and ticket sales raised approximately $2 million dollars for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, a foundation dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS through clinical research and providing awareness through education to the public about this mysterious disease.
The celebrity-filled gala event drew a crowd of more than 1,200 guests who enjoyed glamorous red carpet arrivals ranging from celebrities to the Los Angeles elite, followed by live performances by the Eagles and Michelle Branch. Event attendees included stars such as Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Piven, Mario Lopez, Blair Underwood, Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Terri Garr, Wolfgang Puck, Tommy Hilfiger, and Jewel.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant' Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy and manufactures some of the world's most sought after super sports cars. With 29 dealerships in North America and 122 worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini has created a succession of dynamic and elegant super sports cars including the Miura, Islero, Urraco, 350GT, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murcielago LP 640, Murcielago LP 640 Roadster, Gallardo SE, Gallardo Superleggera, Reventon, Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupe and Spyder, and the recently introduced Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. For more information on Automobili Lamborghini, please visit the Web site at www.lamborghini.com.