Unique Aston Martin Raises HK$1,200,000 for Charities at Bonhams Auction4Wildlife Online Sale

A limited-edition Aston Martin sportscar – the only one of its kind in Hong Kong and donated by MF Jebsen Nature Conservation Foundation Limited – raised HK$1,200,000 for wildlife and environmental causes, having successfully sold in an online timed auction staged by international house Bonhams. Proceeds will go to local Hong Kong charity Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, funding projects for the protection of endangered species and restoration of the local ecosystem and another nature charity to be chosen by the winning bidder.

The Gulf Blue Vantage Special Edition is one of Aston Martin's limited series of 60, celebrating the marque's motorsport heritage. Finished in the 'Gulf Blue' livery, honouring the Le Mans winning DBR9, the car offered was the sole example delivered to Hong Kong. Throughout the sale, the Vantage was displayed in the foyer of the prestigious Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.

The luxury sportscar was donated by MF Jebsen Nature Conservation Foundation Limited – whose group are the exclusive Aston Martin dealer in Hong Kong and Macau – as the only lot in the special online auction on Bonhams.com.

This was the first motor car sale staged in Hong Kong by Bonhams, which is renowned worldwide for hosting auctions of significant and historic collectors' motor cars. The house has set many world records with its sales, including the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta at its 2014 Quail Lodge Auction – the most expensive car to be sold at auction at that time.

Co-Chairman of Bonhams Group Malcolm Barber commented: "This is Bonhams' first-ever motoring sale in Hong Kong and I am pleased that it was a success for the charity. The car, which was donated through the Auction4Wilife initiative in Hong Kong, sold to an English private collector, demonstrating Bonhams' global client reach."

Markus Jebsen, Founder of Auction4Wildlife commented: "At this second successful 'A4W' auction, we are focusing on two Nature Conservation charities, one chosen by the highest bidder as well as Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens. Covid has changed the way we live and has made us focus on our relationship with Nature more than ever before. We are more fragile than we think. We thank our partners, the Peninsula Hotel and Bonhams for making this event possible both on- and offline.

Bonhams Hong Kong holds nearly 40 sales a year, across the specialist areas of Chinese ceramics and works of art, Chinese paintings, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art, modern and contemporary art, watches, jewellery, wine and whisky, and now with this first online-only sale – motor cars.

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