At this year’s White Tie and Tiara Ball, which takes place at the home of Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, Audi donated two special-edition R8 Spyder models featuring a mirror-like chrome finish to attract the highest possible bids to raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF).
“Sir Elton John’s fundraising ball really is a golden ticket event that is as glamorous as it is hugely effective in fundraising terms,” commented Jeremy Hicks, Director of Audi UK. “We are delighted, and enormously proud, to support it for a ninth year with the donation of what is arguably our most fittingly glamorous model.”
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The first Audi R8 Spyder with chrome finish sold for £250,000 ($399,516 USD), but interest was so strong that a second example was provided by Audi. The second model was auctioned off and gifted back to the Elton John Aids Foundation for a second round of bidding. Together, the two cars raised a whopping £620,000 ($990,799 USD).
The Elton John AIDS Foundation is amongst the 10 largest AIDS grant-making organizations in the world, currently managing over £14 million ($22 million USD) in programs across 15 countries.
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