One-off car will be sold to raise money for Beatle's charity
15 May 2009

This is a one-off George Harrison inspired Mini, which will be displayed at the Mini United event at Silverstone later this month and later auctioned to raise money for the Beatle's Material World Charitable Foundation.

The car is a recreation of one created by Harrison during The Beatles' heyday. In 1966 the band's manager Brian Epstein gave each of the Fab Four a Mini Cooper S as a gift. Harrison had his car painted with psychedelic images such as yantras and Sanskrit mantras - much like on the modern car being auctioned.

"George was a huge Mini fan and he would have enjoyed creating this new version," said Olivia Harrison, George's widow. "The fact that Mini's anniversary celebrations will also benefit our Foundation has made it an enjoyable as well as meaningful collaboration."

The Material World Charitable Foundation charity was set up by Harrison in 1973, and the car will be handed over to Olivia during the 22-24 May Silverstone event.

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