2011 Audi A1 sells for over $525,000 at auction... and it's pink

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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