Bonhams to sell custom-painted Lotus F1 car in charity auction
A custom-designed Lotus E20 F1 racing car is set to star in Bonhams' first collector car sale in Asia.
The car will be sold to benefit the international charity Peace One Day in a very special sale later this week.
The goal of the Peace One Day initiative is to promote global recognition of the International Day of Peace on September 21, to create "an annual day of global unity, and a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known".
Having been donated by the Lotus F1 team, the car has been transformed into a unique work of art by the celebrated Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto who has previously collaborated with brands including Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Disney and Mattel.
"Opportunities to engage with such talented artists occur so infrequently in the auction world, so it gives us extra pleasure to be able to combine Bonhams global presence in motorcars with a glorious work of contemporary art by the acclaimed artist Romero Britto," said Ralph Taylor, Senior Director of Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art Department.
The newly transformed car will be publicly unveiled for the first time by Lotus F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, prior to the sale at the Singapore Museum of Art & Design on Saturday September 19.
"We're delighted to have been selected to auction this incredible motor car, with proceeds to go to Peace One Day and their honourable cause," said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer.
"The particular chassis offered is the launch car which was unveiled to the media on February 5th 2012. It is the sister car to racing greats. Retained within the Lotus F1 factory for Research & Development purposes, it is an excellent example of race car design. With such great provenance, and the cars' beautiful art design, we expect some spirited bidding at the sale."
"We are tremendously excited to see Romero's vision for peace set out on the graceful curves of this beautiful F1 racing car," said Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley. "It is wonderful that on opposite sides of the globe, we are able to celebrate Peace Day through very different events in Singapore and Kigali where our team is staging the Peace One Day Youth Celebration."
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