A unique RS 6 Avant with a personalised interior autographed by Gwyneth Paltrow has sold at auction for £120,000 at the latest White Tie & Tiara Ball. Every penny will go to support the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
An impressive net total of £3m was raised by the ball. Guests were invited to bid for the various lots, which included the one-off RS 6 Avant complete with a Lunar Silver leather interior immortalised by Paltrow's signature. The formidable super Avant is currently the most potent Audi available, producing 560PS and 700 Nm, a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155mph, which can be raised upon request to 189mph.
Paltrow - who drives an Audi both in character as 'Pepper Potts' in the Iron Man action series, and in real life - put her stamp on the car last month by signing it at the model's launch at Audi City in Piccadilly, London. It had been the very first RS 6 Avant to arrive in the UK, ahead of general deliveries in August.
"Audi is delighted to donate the unique RS 6 Avant for the equally unique White Tie & Tiara Ball. We are thrilled at the benefit it will give to Sir Elton's AIDS foundation, which does such outstanding charity work, and very proud to be continued sponsors of the ball," states Jon Zammett, Head for PR for Audi UK.
The pop star says: "I would like to extend my thanks to Audi for supporting the Elton John White Tie & Tiara Ball for the last 11 years, and for its generosity to the evening's fundraising."