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Mini Rolls-Royce replicas auctioned off for charity

Small-scale models of the Ghost are given a makeover by 12 contemporary artists

Mini Rolls-Royce replicas auctioned off for charity

A charity auction displaying small-scale replicas of a Rolls-Royce Ghost has been launched in the United Kingdom (UK) in support of breast cancer.

Taking place at the Rolls Royce Motor Cars showroom in Berkeley Square, the auction will last until May, 25.

It showcases 1:18 scale replicas of the car that have been transformed into artworks relevant to the cause.

Responsible for the works are twelve contemporary artists including: Maggi Hambling, Richard Wentworth, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, JJ Adams, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Charming Baker, Natasha Law, Angela Palmer, Andrew Salgado, Stuart Semple and Yinka Shonibare.

Click here to see a gallery of the scale models

Charming Baker, an artist from London, explained the idea behind his piece, 'One in Eight.'

“One in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. So I have set the car in a clear block of resin, suspended in the middle of the block – floating, pristine,” said Baker.

“The block has been drilled 16 times, in a very orderly and simple grid pattern. It is a sculptural piece which looks very simple, but with an underlying reference to the huge numbers of people who are touched by breast cancer in the UK each year,” he added.

Richard Carter, the director of communications for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “This revered group of contemporary artists use Rolls-Royce Ghost models to create thought provoking works, all of which will be auctioned to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.”

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity in the UK. It was founded in the 70’s by Betty Westgate, who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer.

On June 30 of this year, the pieces will be showcased once more for a private auction at the Royal Automobile Club.

Click here to see a gallery of the scale models

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