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A 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2L Series I Roadster that Sir Elton John formerly owned just fetched around $130,000 (£82,140) at a recent Oxford, England auction. The British roadster was purchased by Elton John back in 1987 before he sold it at an auction in 2001 alongside other vehicles he owned.
Even though it’s obvious that the Jaguar got the amount it did because it was once owned by the famous artist, it’s also hard to not admire how immaculate and beautiful it is. It was last restored back in 1979, so it’s almost a miracle what great condition it is after all these decades. The classic 1965 E-Type Jaguar has a 4.2L with 265-hp mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
GALLERY: Elton John’s Jaguar E-Type
Audi donated two chrome R8s for the Elton John Aids Foundation that were auctioned off at the annual White Tie and Tiara Ball on Thursday June 23rd.
The first R8 sold for £250,000, but interest was so strong that a second version was provided by Audi UK, that also sold for a similar amount. The second example also attracted a high bid value and was then generously submitted for a second time, raising a total of £620,000.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been instrumental in raising such a magnificent sum for Sir Elton’s charity,” commented Jeremy Hicks, Director of Audi UK. “We couldn’t, of course, have done so without the incredible generosity of Sir Elton’s guests, to whom we owe an enormous vote of thanks” he added.
The R8 Spyders feature a fully-automatic lightweight fabric hood and was the 5.2-liter V10 version producing 525-hp with a manual transmission and can hit 194mph and achieve a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation is amongst the ten largest AIDS grant-making organisations in the world, currently managing over £14 million in programmes across 15 countries helping thousands of men, women and children with life-saving medication, education, shelter and support.
Each year, music superstar Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish, put on the White Tie and Tiara Ball at their home. A truly glamorous shindig, it also serves another significant purpose, that being to raise money, via auction for the Elton John Aids Foundation, one of the largest charities of its kind in the world.
This year, not to be outdone by one of Sir John’s outfits, Audi donated a chrome finished V10 engined R8 Spyder in an effort to raise record bids for the foundation. “Sir Elton John’s fundraising ball really is a golden ticket event that is as glamorous as it is hugely effective in fundraising terms,” declared Jeremy Hicks, Director of Audi UK. “We are delighted, and enormously proud, to support it with the donation of what is arguably our most fittingly glamorous model.” Fair comment.
The June 23rd White Tie and Tiara Ball is the 13th annual event of its kind and the fundraising auction has been supported by Audi in various forms for the past eight years. Question is, can they top this feat in 2012?
GALLERY: Chrome Audi R8 Spyder
BMW is well known for its long history with art cars, but Audi’s A1 art car seems to be mounting a serious challenge. Designed by Damien Hirst (famous for putting a dead shark in a tank of formaldehyde and selling it for millions), the A1 features a special “spin paint” treatment by Hirst. Although the price is steep, all the proceeds will go to benefit the Elton John AIDS foundation.
The A1 is expected to be released later this year, with prices starting well below $525,000.
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