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DAMIEN HIRST DONATES AUDI A1 'ART CAR' TO ELTON JOHN AIDS CHARITY

Jun 22, 2010

Since 1999, Sir Elton John has organized the White Tie and Tiara Ball to raise funds for EJAF - the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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This year it takes place on 24 June and will be held - as always - at the home of Sir Elton John in Windsor, England.

The event will feature a special auction item from one of the Ball's key supporters over many years. Britain's foremost contemporary artist, Damien Hirst, is donating an Audi A1.

The unique Audi A1 has been "spin" painted by the artist in his studio. "This is one of the most exciting auction items we have ever had for White Tie," said Elton John, pictured with partner David Furnish in front of the Hirst Audi.

David added: "Audi has been a wonderful partner with us, and this year they really produced something fantastic. I am sure it will be a huge hit with our guests." As part of the same Lot, the car will be auctioned with a 6ft diameter spin painting, which Hirst completed at the same time.

The A1 is so new it will not be seen on UK roads until November 2010, and this special artwork has been created in advance of the car's European launch date. 2010 is the eighth year Audi has supported EJAF with special auction lots. The A1 art car is the most remarkable and exclusive donation Audi has ever made. Bidders on the night will have a unique chance to own a piece of Hirst's exceptional work.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established in 1993. It is among the 10 largest AIDS grant-making organizations in the world, currently managing over ?14 million in programs across 15 countries supporting thousands of men, women and children with lifesaving medication, as well as information, nutrition, education, shelter and support.

The White Tie & Tiara Ball, now in its 12th year, is the EJAF's foremost fundraising event, generating ?40 million since its launch. For more information visit www.ejaf.com

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