Monday, June 27, 2011
LONDON: Audi UK offered a second R8 Spyder for auction after the first one proved so popular to bidders
The two cars helped to raise a total of £620,000 (RM3mil) at the White Tie & Tiara auction in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation last Thursday.
A striking "chrome-finish" version of the 312kph soft-top sports car was initially donated, and was sold for £250,000 (RM1.2mil), but interest was so strong that a second example was provided by Audi UK.
This too attracted a high value bid, and was then submitted a second time for auction, taking the final total raised by the two cars to £620,000.
From left: Furnish, John and Hicks.
The auction takes places during the annual White Tie & Tiara Ball, which is always held at the home of Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
Each year it raises millions of pounds for EJAF, which currently manages over £14 million (RM68mil) in programmes across 15 countries supporting thousands of men, women and children with life-saving medication, as well as information, nutrition, education, shelter and support.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been instrumental in raising such a magnificent sum for Sir Elton’s charity,” said Audi UK director Jeremy Hicks.
“We couldn’t, of course, have done so without the generosity of Sir Elton’s guests, to whom we owe an enormous vote of thanks” he added.