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Lot 1

Lamborghini Countach 'Koenig' by Benedict Radcliffe, 2007

Sold for €93.600


A one-of-a-kind life-size sculpture of a Lamborghini Countach

As perhaps the most iconic supercar of the 1980s, the Lamborghini Countach was often considered to be the most ridiculous automotive design in a decade known for pushing the limits of fashion. This Lamborghini “Koenig’ Countach sculpture, made of 10-millimetre steel rods and painted in striking Fluoro orange, was crafted by Benedict Radcliffe, and it is nothing short of extraordinary. Radcliffe is well-known for doing similar works with steel rods, including the creation of several full-size automobile sculptures, but there is only one Countach.



The sculpture was displayed on the streets of London shortly after its completion, and it arguably received more attention than a real Countach would have if parked in the same location. The attention to detail put into the sculpture is incredible, and all of its angles and curves perfectly mimic those of the real car, down to the inscription of “Pirelli P7” on the tyres. Its orange paint only helps to highlight the Countach’s distinctive sharp angles, and it shows off all the best aspects of a shape that captivated a generation.



For the Lamborghini owner or aficionado, this work of art is ideal, as it displays the striking visual form of one of Lamborghini’s most iconic automobiles, and it would be a striking installation for the connoisseur’s garage or living room.






Sculpture unique, grandeur nature, d'une Lamborghini Countach



En tant que supercar peut-être la plus emblématique des années 1980, la Lamborghini Countach était souvent considérée comme offrant le design automobile le plus ridicule de la décennie, car il poussait très loin les limites de la mode. Façonnée par l'artiste britannique Benedict Radcliffe en tubes d'acier de 10 mm et peinte dans une étonnante couleur orange fluo, la sculpture Lamborghini Countach "Koenig" est rien moins qu'extraordinaire. Radcliffe est bien connu pour ses travaux similaires réalisés en tubes d'acier, dont plusieurs sculptures automobiles grandeur nature, mais il n'en existe qu'une seule de la Countach.



Exposée dans les rues de Londres peu de temps après avoir été terminée, la sculpture a sans doute été plus remarquée encore qu'une vraie Countach qui aurait été garée au même endroit. L'attention portée aux détails est incroyable, comme si les angles et les courbes de la sculpture imitaient parfaitement la vraie voiture, jusqu'à l'inscription "Pirelli P7" sur les pneus. Avec la peinture orange, l'ensemble met en valeur les angles vifs propres à la Countach et montre les meilleurs aspects d'une forme qui a fasciné toute une génération.



Pour le propriétaire de Lamborghini ou le passionné de la marque, cette œuvre d'art est idéale car elle présente la forme saisissante du modèle le plus emblématique de la marque, et ce serait une installation unique pour le garage ou le salon du connaisseur.

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