Gwyneth Paltrow personalises new Audi supercar to raise money for Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • Audi RS 6 Avant sells for £120,000 at charity auction
  • Proceeds go entirely to support Elton John AIDS Foundation

A unique RS 6 Avant with a personalised interior autographed by the Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has sold at auction for £120,000 at the annual Elton John White Tie & Tiara Ball, held at the home of the singer / songwriter and his partner David Furnish. Every penny from the auction of the Audi supercar will go to support the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

An impressive net total of £3m was raised by the Ball. Guests were invited to bid for the various lots, which included the one-off RS 6 Avant complete with a Lunar Silver leather interior immortalised by Paltrow's signature. The formidable super Avant is currently the most potent Audi available, producing 560PS and 700 Nm, a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155mph, which can be raised upon request to 189mph.

Paltrow - who drives an Audi both in character as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man action series, and in real life on the roads of London and Los Angeles - put her stamp on the car earlier in the month by signing it at the model's launch at Audi City in Piccadilly, London. It had been the very first RS 6 Avant to arrive in the UK, ahead of general deliveries in August.

Stars at the White Tie & Tiara Ball included Coldplay, Uma Thurman, Freida Pinto, Elizabeth Hurley and David Walliams. "Audi is delighted to donate the unique RS 6 Avant for the equally unique White Tie & Tiara Ball. We are thrilled at the benefit it will give to Sir Elton's AIDS Foundation, which does such outstanding charity work, and very proud to be continued sponsors of the Ball," says Jon Zammett, Head for PR for Audi UK.

Sir Elton John adds: "I would like to extend my thanks to Audi for supporting the Elton John White Tie & Tiara Ball for the last 11 years, and for its generosity to the evening's fundraising."

The Elton John AIDS Foundation supports thousands of men, women and children with life-saving medicines, as well as offering information, nutrition, education, shelter and support. The Ball will help raise crucial funds to assist the Foundation in its ongoing battle against AIDS. The 2013 White Tie and Tiara Ball was the 15th ball in the event's history.

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