THE Audi R8 Spyder proved such an enticement to bidders at the White Tie & Tiara auction in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) that Audi UK submitted a second car to go under the hammer, helping to contribute £620,000 (€689,900) to the charitable organisation.
A striking ‘chrome-finish’ version of the 194mph soft-top sports car was initially donated, and was sold for £250,000 (€278,000), but interest was so strong that a second example was provided by Audi UK.
This too attracted a high value bid, and was then generously submitted a second time for auction, taking the final total raised by the two cars to £620,000.
The auction takes places during the annual White Tie & Tiara Ball, 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 (€15.6m) in programmes across 15 countries supporting thousands of men, women and children.