Audi donates Damian Hirst art car to Sir Elton John`s charity

Posted on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 , 08:06:39 byAlina

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Audi donates Damian Hirst art car to Sir Elton John`s charity

Elton John hosts a White Tie & Tiara Ball event at his home in Windsor every year, with an auction for charity as part of the event. This year’s edition, which is scheduled for June 24, will feature an extraordinarily special auction item. Audi is donating an A1 car that has been made into a work of art by Britain's foremost contemporary artist, Damien Hirst.

The special supermini, which is fully driveable was created using Hirst's renowned spin painting technique at his studio in Gloucestershire. The road-legal A1 art car will be auctioned along with a 6ft diameter canvas spin painting, which Hirst completed at the same time.

The uniquely finished example of the premium compact hatchback was produced in close collaboration with Audi AG in Germany, which has been engineering the production for more than six months.

"This is one of the most exciting auction items we have ever had for White Tie," said Elton John. His partner David added: "Audi has been a wonderful partner with us, and this year they have really produced something fantastic. I am sure it will be a huge hit with our guests."

The A1 will only go on sale in the UK this November.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established in 1993 and it's amongst the 10 largest AIDS grant making organizations in the world. It currently 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. The White Tie & Tiara Ball, now in its 12th year, is the EJAF's foremost found raising event, generating some £40 million since its launch in 1993.