A BMW i3 with a special covering by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari of TOILETPAPER auctioned off at the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Gala. (Image: AFP Relaxnews)
The BMW i3 is a pretty instantly recognizable car at the best of times, but an altogether more individual version of the all-electric city car has just been auctioned off for even more than the regular model already costs. Dubbed the “Spaghetti Car,” the BMW was designed by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari of TOILET PAPER, and it was auctioned to raise funds for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) at its fourth annual Saint-Tropez Gala.
Perhaps surprisingly, the vinyl wrap showing spaghetti was really the only thing out of the ordinary about this particular i3, which was a base model with the smallest battery donated to the cause by BMW France.
This very distinctive BMW was actually first seen last year, and although it was created by now-retired artist Maurizio Cattelan, the car is not actually art because Cattelan has said that it isn’t. Because the artist said his “art” car was not art at all, it also was not part of BMW’s long-running series of Art Cars. Despite this, a BMW press release referred to the car a “this unique work of art.”
What can’t be denied though is the impressive fundraising record of LDF programs, which have now brought in more than $30 million and counting.