FESTIVAL OF SPEED: Unique car at auction is a ‘piece of art’

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A one-of-a-kind Bentley Continental is set to take centre stage at the Festival of Speed when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams’ auction this afternoon (Friday 24 June).

The exclusive vehicle, designed by illustrious artist Sir Peter Blake, was donated by Bentley to the Care2Save Charitable Trust and all proceeds raised by its sale will go to the charity.

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Sholto Gilbertson, a director of Bonhams, said: “It’s a unique piece and ultimately will become a piece of art in the contemporary field.”

The distinctive car draws inspiration on the acclaimed artist’s career, sporting a ‘Sir Peter trademark’ – a St James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, a symbol in keeping with the compassionate work of hospices.

Speaking earlier this year about the project, Sir Peter Blake said: “I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design into being, to produce this one-off lovely car.”

Other highlights in the auction, which sees approximately 90 cars and 190 items of memorabilia,include one of only 48 long-nose Ferrari 275s built in right-hand drive.

Sholto added: “The Festival of Speed is the highlight sale for Bonhams over the course of the year.”

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