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Pop art Bentley Continental GT by Peter Blake to be auctioned

British artist Sir Peter Blake has created a special Bentley Continental GT, set to be auctioned off by Bonhams for charity at the Goodwood FoS

Bonhams has unveiled the first images of a specially commissioned Bentley Continental GT V8 S Coupe, with a special paint job conceived by Sir Peter Blake – the godfather of British pop art. The unique car is set to be auctioned for charity at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June.

Bentley commissioned Sir Peter to create the original design, which draws on the artist’s back catalogue of work for inspiration. If you’re a fan, then you will instantly recognise the Sir Peter trademark: A St James Red heart motif, hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet.

The rest of the car is a feast of colour, starting with the ‘St Luke’s Blue’ rear, doors and boot lid (named after Bentley’s local St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice), with a British Racing Green lower body, and a Fuchsia pink-coloured radiator shell. Inside the car is equally as diverse, with seats trimmed in Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue, Newmarket Tan and Hotspur.

When the car is sold, the proceeds from the auction will be given to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the world.

Sir Peter Blake commented: ‘I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design into being, to produce this one-off lovely car.’

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman, said: ‘This collaboration with luxury marque Bentley, world-renowned British artist, Sir Peter Blake, and Bonhams, auctioneers of fine art and motor cars, is the perfect partnership.

‘We have a long established relationship with Bentley, as the world record holders for the most valuable Bentley sold at auction, and are delighted to have been selected as the auctioneers of choice for the sale of this truly special motor car, with proceeds to benefit such a wonderful charity. The Festival of Speed is the perfect platform for selling such a rare motor car, so we look forward to some spirited bidding.’

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