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Someone Spent Over $100,000 On This Bizarre BMW i3 Spaghetti Car

At least the money is going to charity - otherwise we would question this buyer's sanity.

We’ve seen many bewildering BMW Art Cars over the years, and while this latest effort isn’t part of the official BMW Art Car family, it’s still very, very bizarre. Recently sold at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s Fourth Annual Saint-Tropez Gala auction was this BMW i3 wearing a vinyl wrap covered in close-up images of spaghetti. Appropriately named the “BMW Spaghetti Car,” it was designed by artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrar. Just wait until you find out how much it sold for.

After some “intense bidding,” the i3 was sold to a Swiss collector for a whopping $117,000. That’s right, someone paid $117,000 for what is still a base model i3 underneath the bizarre bodywork that would have originally cost around $50,000. Still, at least the proceeds went to charity - otherwise we would be questioning the buyer’s sanity. The BMW i3 Spaghetti Car debuted at the Rencontres d’Arles Festival of Photography in 2016. It was supposed to be destroyed by BMW after the event on request by Cattelan, but that clearly didn’t happen. Also, if you’re wondering why "TOILETPAPER” appears on the side, it’s referencing the artists’ "bi-annual avant-garde picture-based publication.”

Admiring his creation, Cattelan commented at the 2016 event: “This is by far the best Spaghetti Car I have tasted! All those years of perfecting definitely paid off! Totally awesome!” The Gala was hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio, who was joined by special guests including Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Taylor Hill, Iman Hamman, Gerald Butler, Kate Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, and Madonna. As we already mentioned, the BMW i3 Art Car isn't classified as an official BMW Art Car. The most recent entry in the BMW Art Car series was an M6 GT3 inspired by Asian spiritual ceremonies with swirls of light that can only be viewed in augmented reality.

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