Bentley and Blake go

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Bentley Continental by Sir Peter Blake
Bentley Continental, Sir Peter Blake
Bentley Continental, Sir Peter Blake, production
Bentley Continental, Sir Peter Blake, seats
Bentley Continental, Sir Peter Blake, bonnet
Bentley Continental, Sir Peter Blake, treadplate

A POP art Bentley has been created by legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake and will be auctioned for charity at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The one-of-a-kind Continental GT V8 S will be sold by Bonhams on June 24.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Care2Save Charitable Trust which provides palliative and hospice care around the world.

Sir Peter, perhaps best known for designing the sleeve for The Beatles iconic Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, said: "I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design into being to produce this one-off lovely car."

A striking feature of Sir Peter's design - instantly recognisable as one of his trademarks - is a St James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, a symbol in-keeping with the compassionate work of hospices.

Throughout the exterior of the car, the use of collage - another characteristic of Sir Peter's work - demonstrates bright but clearly defined colour.

Sir Peter's signature is incorporated onto the facia and embroidered on all four seat headrests and a distinctive treadplate, signifying that it is a Sir Peter Blake design, labelling ‘No. 1 of 1' finishes the car. The Sir Peter Blake design, which also includes a personalised playlist from the artist's favourite music, is the second Continental GT Bentley is donating to the Care2Save Charitable Trust.

The company launched a Bentley By Me campaign earlier this year allowing people the opportunity to donate any amount from £1 to help transform hospice and palliative care around the world, with the opportunity to win a Bentley.

Kevin Rose, Bentley's director of marketing and aftersales, said: "Sir Peter has designed a strikingly colourful car, encapsulating exactly why he is thought of as one of Britain's leading artists.

"It was a fascinating project to be part of, particularly for the skilled artisans in our bespoke Mulliner division, who worked closely with Sir Peter to bring this design to life.

"We have proudly supported the Care2Save Charitable Trust and the hospice movement for more than 25 years and so take great delight from donating this inimitable car for such a worthwhile cause."

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