The bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom heads to charity to help the fight against AIDS.
Rolls-Royce is celebrating 115 years of luxury in style with a special one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom, which was first teased in sketch designs back in May. The bespoke Phantom will be presented at a gala event at the One Thousand Museum in Miami on December 4 and will be sold at an RM Sotheby's charity auction ending on December 13 to benefit the global charity RED and its fight to end AIDS.
The winning bidder will also collaborate with contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas, who will create a custom wrap for the exterior based on an original work of art inspired by the Red Phantom.
The special Red Phantom is finished in a bespoke Crystal over Magma Red color, which features tiny crystal particles inside the layers of paint. Created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, the opulent finish has five layers, with each taking more than five hours to polish by hand. The bespoke Phantom's wood veneers were also finished by hand with six coats of lacquer.
Inside, the bespoke hand-crafted leather interior is created from nine hides of hand-selected and drum-dyed leather with an Arctic White color scheme with Mugello Red highlights. The highlight of the interior, however, is the Mugello Red Shooting Starlight Headliner with 1,600 fiber optic lights extending the entire length of the interior.
"It is an honor and privilege to present this one of a kind commission created at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England," said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas. "Every member of our team is deeply inspired by this world-class commission and equally by the importance of the cause that it was created to support - (RED)'s fight to end AIDS. We are proud to partner with Mickalene Thomas, Sotheby's and RM Sotheby's to achieve an outstanding result from this auction."
Contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas added: "I am honored to collaborate with such an esteemed group of partners as (RED), Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Sotheby's and RM Sotheby's in the global fight to end AIDS. To be able to share my creative vision in a way that impacts such a noble cause feels powerful and inspiring to me and I am sure to the ultimate winning bidder who is coming together with these amazing organizations to change the world."