Paul Weller-designed Mini for sale

A Mini Cooper with personalised paintwork by Paul Weller is being auctioned off to raise money for the Nordoff Robins and War Child charities.

The 2009 specialMini designed by the musician and hand-painted by craftsmen from the car company is being sold online in a live worldwide auction.

The idea for the paintwork was inspired from the colours in a shirt designed by Weller for fashion label Ben Sherman.

The car, with a retail value of £17,920, went under the hammer on November 11 and will be available for bids for a whole month.

The Mini will be on display in the firm's main showroom on Park Lane, London during the auction period. People wishing to place their bids can do so on site.

Weller said: "I've always loved and driven Minis, so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke Mini Cooper I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colours associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini's hey day.

"I'd already expressed these colours in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to me to continue the theme using a Mini Cooper as a palate."

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