October 20 2011
Dedicated petrolheads might be of the opinion that a Formula One racing car is a work of art in itself – after all, an F1 Ferrari is on permanent display at MoMA in New York – but taking pole position at RM Auctions’ London sale at Battersea Evolution is a one-of-kind piece of F1 memorabilia that’s both art and automobile, and seriously covetable.
The VJM1-05 racing chassis – owned by Italian racing legend Giancarlo Fisichella and raced in 16 F1 World Championship races – has been hand-painted by artist Dexter Brown (pictured, with car), whose trademark abstract broken-brushwork technique has been a fixture on the motor art scene for almost three decades. The car was first débuted as an Art Car at this year’s British Grand Prix, and comes signed by F1 legends including Sir Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda as well as current stars such as Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.
All proceeds from the auction – including RM Auctions’ commissions – will be split evenly between the Great Ormond Street Hospital and Force India F1’s newly established training academy, which aims to identify and nurture young drivers over a five-year period with the aim of developing indigenous F1 driving talent.