BMW art car THE 8 X JEFF KOONS – the only artist-signed BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé – was sold at Christie’s auction house for $475,000. The auction’s guests included the artist himself, Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation, the collector Larry Warsh, and the artist FUTURA 2000. All proceeds of the auction are dedicated to the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC).
The M850i xDrive Gran Coupé was the last unit being produced from the limited edition’s 99 pieces which had sold out three weeks after its world premiere in mid-February. THE 8 X JEFF KOONS showcases the artist’s signature on the B-Pillar. Besides owning the unique car, the lucky bidder will also be invited by the artist to a personal tour of his Manhattan studio.
From the choice of colors to its overall look and use of material my car has a superhero feel to it. Giving to ICMEC and literally saving the lives of children is a superhero endeavor, now more than ever. I am thrilled that the auction of the car was such a great success! It should encourage anyone to get involved and appreciate the great work foundations are doing globally to make the world a better place. – Jeff Koons
THE 8 X JEFF KOONS represents one of the most extensive custom factory production processes ever launched by BMW. The unique exterior and interior liveries were created by the artist himself. The vehicle’s exterior features expressive and striking graphic design, combining 11 different exterior colors.
BMW is proud to support the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children through our collaboration with Jeff Koons and the auction of this special edition vehicle, THE 8 X JEFF KOONS. Acting with responsibility is an important quality of our company, so it is especially gratifying to know that the proceeds from this auction will support children in need. – Sebastian Mackensen, president and CEO, BMW of North America
Following the charity auction in New York, THE 8 X JEFF KOONS will be presented at numerous art fairs and events in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including the 16th Istanbul Contemporary, Paris Photo, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and West Bund Art & Design Fair Shanghai.
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