Designed by Roberto Cavalli, the Mini Paceman is the most expensive Mini ever sold at a Life Ball event, selling for $194,000. The event took place during the AIDS Solidarity gala in Vienna, Austria. All proceeds go to projects helping to combat AIDS/HIV.
The buyer of this beautiful car is still unknown, but we can assume he fell in love with all the gilded elements inside and out, as well as Cavalli’s animal prints.
Ralf Schepull, Head of Mini Brand Communications, is pleased that the Mini has sold for a record price. “The charity principle is an important part of the MINI brand,” says Schepull, “which enjoys a unique platform through this partnership with the Life Ball.”
The special Paceman is distinguished by an iridescent paint, Cavalli logo on the roof and signature on the door, gold-painted roof and alloys, together with gold-finished grill frame, mirror cases, headlight and taillight surrounds. Inside there are gilded elements, Cavalli’s logo on the headrests and sun visors, along with animal prints on the steering wheel and instruments.
Since the beginning of the partnership in 2001, thirteen unique Mini models have been created by fashion designers, with auction proceeds of more than half a million euros being donated to projects dedicated to the battle against AIDS.