Motoring enthusiasts and fans of The Beatles will have the chance to buy a 2008 replica of a customised Mini Cooper S given to George Harrison by legendary manager Brian Epstein in 1966 during Bonhams annual sale at Goodwood Revival on 18 September 2009. Proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation, which Harrison founded in 1973.
Designed by the star during the band’s heyday in the 1960s, the Mini is festooned with psychedelic images including yantras and Sanskrit mantras.
The replica was presented to Olivia Harrison, on behalf of the Material World Charitable Foundation, by BMW Mini during the Mini celebration day at Silverstone in 2009.
This new interpretation of George’s iconic 1965 Mini Cooper was designed by BMW’s Studio Udelhoven & Harrison family friend, David Costa. Asan Art Director, book and graphic designer, predominantly working in the music business, he has created iconic album sleeves for George Harrison, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins, Genesis, The Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Destiny’s Child and Beyonce. He is also Creative Director for 46664, the campaign vehicle of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Olivia Harrison, the star’s widow, commented that: “George was a huge Mini fan and I think he would have enjoyed the new version of his 1965 Cooper S. It’s great that the 50th anniversary of the Mini will benefit The Material World Foundation and I’m very grateful to BMW for being so generous.”
James Knight, Group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department said, “We are delighted to offer our support to Olivia and the Material World Charitable Trust. The Mini will appeal to a broad spectrum of collectors from the classic car world to the music industry. George was known for his appreciation of motoring and his original example is firmly ensconced with the family and beyond reach. This Mini is the only opportunity to acquire such a car with Harrison credentials and the fact that proceeds are to benefit the charity he founded is great.”