`Cubist` 2CV auctioned for £8,000

An ageing `cubist` 2CV inspired by Picasso`s Portrait of Dora Maar has been sold for £8,000 at the world-famous RM Auctions in London.

It was among 11 creations designed by Poole `car-tist` mechanic Andy Saunders that went for a total of almost £250,000.

The 45-year-old transformed a 1998 Suzuki Wagon R into a baby "credit crunch Hummer", which fetched £5,500. He dubbed the economy version of the off-road gas-guzzler the "Alchemist" because it is a "complete transformation".

One of the world's flattest cars, Flat Out - a 1989 Fiat 126 he converted into a 22 inch tall sports car - sold for £6,600.

He also started to customise a £900 1992 Mini during the auction to raise money for Dorset Cancer Care and Poole Hospital's cardiac unit. The winning bidder paid £4,000 for the privilege of Mr Saunders tailoring the car to suit their specification.

Said Andy: "Most of the cars have gone to a museum in America. I haven't come down yet. I'm absolutely befuddled, I can't think straight."

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