A Damien Hirst-created Audi A1 makes £350,000 at a charity auction
28 June 2010

A one-off Audi A1 created by artisit Damien Hirst has been sold at auction for £350,000.

The car was spin painted by the artist in his Gloucestershire studio and is fully driveable and road legal. The £350,000 raised at Sir Elton John’s annual charity ball will go to the singer's AIDS Foundation.

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The A1 was sold alongside a six-foot diameter canvas spin painting which Hirst created at the same time. The A1 project itself took around six months to complete.

The Audi A1 will reach UK showrooms in November.

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28 June 2010

Who bought it? The "artist's" agent?

That tends to be the way of it - the agent attends the auction, buys the item back thus raising the market value of his client's subsequent and existing work. (Not an unusual ruse in the flaky art market.)

Like his spectacularly ludicrous diamond skull, the car is locked away somewhere safe. Call it a wise investment, or if you must, a right con.

28 June 2010

third party only insurance.

28 June 2010

Not hugely loving the pink, but I rather like the style.

28 June 2010

[quote Autocar]A one-off Audi A1 created by artisit Damien Hirst has been sold at auction for £350,000.
[/quote] I may be a Philistine, but that looks like it's been vandalised. I suppose it's a case of "the Emperor's new clothes" but I really feel that as was stated earlier, the price has been hyped. Worthwhile cause, I'm sure, but the car is a mess.

28 June 2010

[quote Los Angeles]Like his spectacularly ludicrous diamond skull[/quote]

I really liked the diamond skull, I think you are missing the point slightly too, the car raised £350,000 for charity, I'm sure if it were just being auctioned it wouldn't have got anywhere near that price.

28 June 2010


Euphamistic expression for an uncommonly colorful and forceful bout of projectile vomit.
After drinking 6 Tequeila Sunrises and eating a large Chef Salad, Al painted the car with his technicolor yawn.

29 June 2010

[quote Los Angeles]

Who bought it? The "artist's" agent?

[/quote] Apparently it was bought by a black bloke who was playing the piano and singing at the party. Stevie something or other.

29 June 2010

[quote Citytiger]Stevie something or other.[/quote] I wonder who?

Did Hirst actually paint the car himself? I doubt it. Like so many works by "installation" artists he'll have handed in a rendering on paper and left it to others. £350,000? You can fool some of the people some of the time. And the design is truly awful. It has no provenance. No one would know which artist had created it unless told. Still, at least the proceeds went to charity, but the same principle applies, his agent dare not allow it to lose his prescribed market value.

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