Damien Hirst Decorated Audi Fetches 420,000 euros at AIDS Charity Event

An Audi A1 decorated by British artist Damien Hirst fetched 420,000 euros (513,000 dollars) at the annual White Tie and Tiara Ball AIDS charity event hosted by pop musician Elton John.

“That’s the most exciting object we have ever had on auction at the White Tie,” said Sir Elton John. Damien Hirst is considered one of Great Britain’s most important modern artists and his works have earned record sums at Sotheby’s.

Hirst painted the A1 in his studio in Gloucestershire, England, specifically for the White Tie and Tiara auction. The car was auctioned together with a 1.80-metre-high spin painting on canvas, which Hirst created at the same time.

The White Tie and Tiara Ball is the most important charity event for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). The foundation has raised 48 million euros since the first ball in 1993.

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