At an auction hosted by the Phillips Auction House in London on June 30, the “inaugural centerpiece of the Bugatti Asprey collaboration attracted international interest at the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale.” What is this collaboration about? Well, Asprey London is handmaking a sculpture over the course of six months by master silversmiths. This will be mounted on a bespoke base finished in the colors of Bugatti and Asprey. This will then be accompanied by a digital version (the NFT) that “unlocks the choice of an additional sculpture – an accompanying Noire version – that the buyer can choose to commission if they so wish for an additional cost.”
We assume that the winning bidder (who paid £378,000/$454,000, including Buyers Premium), will opt to have the additional piece made.
The sale of the “La Voiture Noire” sculpture follows 261 smaller, silver sculptures of the Bugatti Asprey collection (also accompanied by an NFT), which all sold out instantly.