We all know that they cost a pretty penny but one particular Rolls-Royce Phantom (our best ultra luxury saloon of 2018) fetched over Dh4 million at a charity event in the UK last month – that’s about double the price of a ‘regular’ (if we can call it that!) version!
We're not sure how we feel about this particular Phantom - powered by a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 and mated to an eight-speed automatic with an interior that is fully bespoke and personalised to the clientele. Is it as good (or should that be bad?) as this one by Mansory? We'll let you be the judge of that. Featuring a unique paint job which was a collaboration between Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and world-renowned visual artist Marc Quinn, the British painter and sculptor elevated the regal car to an artwork on wheels – and in fact the livery was inspired by his on-going series of iris paintings named “We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars.” Come to think of it, it doesn't look too dissimilar to the Phantom Drophead Coupe Beverly Hills Edition.
“Rolls-Royce is deeply privileged to have worked with Evelina London on this exceptional event. We are thrilled that Marc Quinn’s artwork, using Phantom as the canvas, raised a fabulous £888,000 and are humbled that nearly £2million was raised in total throughout the evening for this centre of medical excellence in London,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.
The who’s who of the art world were present including British artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, David Yarrow, Harland Miller and Mary McCartney. The function, which was held at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, brought in a total of Dh7.7 million which went towards supporting allergy research at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and will be used for a research programme to prevent allergies, to protect against allergies, and to ultimately cure allergies in children.