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Rolls-Royce Red Phantom with Sparklingly Perfect Paint up for Charity Auction

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 5 days ago Colin Beresford
a car parked in a parking lot: Meticulous inside and out, featuring miles-deep red exterior paint, the Phantom's selling to benefit the AIDS charity (RED).© Rolls-Royce Meticulous inside and out, featuring miles-deep red exterior paint, the Phantom's selling to benefit the AIDS charity (RED).
  • A specially decorated Rolls-Royce Red Phantom will be auctioned by Sotheby's this month to benefit the AIDS charity (RED).
  • The vehicle has five deep layers of Magma Red paint, plus a Brilliant Arctic White and Mugello Red interior treatment.
  • The online auction runs from December 4–13 after a gala unveiling during Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Later this week, it isn’t just any Rolls-Royce Phantom heading to auction; it's a bespoke Red Phantom, which will be unveiled at the art world's famous Art Basel event in Miami Beach on December 4. The highest bidder is invited to collaborate with artist Mickalene Thomas to create a custom wrap for the car. Proceeds from the auction will go to the AIDS charity (RED).

a car parked in a parking lot: Rolls-Royce Red Phantom© Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Red Phantom

The exterior paint finish is, as one would expect of a Rolls-Royce, already exquisite, featuring five layers of meticulously hand-polished Magma Red paint capped off with actual crystal particles captured in the final layers for what Rolls describes as "luxurious luminescence." Inside, the Phantom gets Brilliant Arctic White leather with Mugello Red highlights, a brighter shade of red.

a close up of a window: Red Regatta Sails design on the Rolls-Royce Phantom© Rolls-Royce Red Regatta Sails design on the Rolls-Royce Phantom

There's a "Red Regatta Sails" leather design across the "gallery," which is a space in the front fascia to display art, and Rolls-Royce's Starlight headliner. Both are in Mugello Red. Wood veneers inside the Phantom are hand-finished with six coats of lacquer.

a close up of a car: Rolls-Royce Red Phantom© Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Red Phantom

The Red Phantom marks the 115th anniversary of Rolls-Royce, and the car reflects that with details such as custom tread plates. The online auction for the unique Phantom will begin on December 4 and go through December 13.

Rolls-Royce Starlight headliner.© Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Starlight headliner.

Bidding starts at $450,000, and Sotheby's estimates the car will sell for $600,000 to $800,000. All proceeds beyond the vehicle's regular price (currently $452,750) will go to the AIDS charity.

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