Scaled models are a collector’s delight, be it a Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Ferrari F40, or an opulent Aston Martin V8 Volante 585EFI. And the joy can increase manifolds if you realize you are acquiring a designer makeover MINI car for a good cause. Three designers will modify three BMW MINI cars for this year’s “Life Ball,” the biggest HIV/AIDS charity event in Europe. Creative director Francisco Costa from Calvin Klein will do up a new MINI Countryman crossover; New York-based Kenneth Cole will try his finesse on a MINI Convertible.
While Belgium was born, US-based fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg will stylize the MINI Hatch. In the last ten years, big names like Missoni (2003), Ferré (2004), Versace (2005), Diesel (2006), Mario Testino (2007), Agent Provocateur (2008) and, The Blonds for Katy Perry (2009) have lent their artistic presence to the event. The sale over the years comes to around $620,000.