Lot 1

BMW Art Car

2021
Raouf Rifai (b. 1954)
2007 BMW Z4 Coupe
signed R.Rifai

Estimate: $400,000 - $1,000,000
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Private collection, Beirut.

Location
Beirut, Lebanon
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    ABOUT Raouf Rifai
    The Life and Career of Raouf RifaiRaouf Rifai was born in Lebanon in 1954. He studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut, where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Decorative Art in 1982, before later attending the Sorbonne University in Paris, gaining a PhD in Urbanism in 1995. An award-winning figurative and abstract painter, Rifai describes...
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    About this artwork

    In the second week of May 2021, the car was stripped of its original black paint, masked and prepared for the artist to start on the paintwork. High quality acrylic paints and sprays were used for the process.


    Dr. Rifai started his work on May 10, 2021 at 10am. His idea was to split the car into four different themes. The two sides of the car were painted with his “Harmony” patch, while the lower panels were painted in green and purple, leaving the rear right wing with a pop art design, including several tiny ‘Darwiches’ in black over white and purple. The roof and side mirrors are in gold, with stripes of green and purple to accentuate the feeling of it cutting through the wind. His final big ‘Darwiche Smoking’ in different colours is applied on the hood over white and shades of pink, giving the car a truly stunning look from every angle.


    Dr. Raouf finished his work at around 10pm on the same day. His signature can be seen on the left front side of the bumper and at the rear trunk lid . After leaving the paint to rest for three days, it was clear-coated with three layers of premium lacquer in an auto spray oven and left to rest for another week.


    Since then, the car has been garage kept and never driven or shown to the public. The buyer will receive over 200 photos and videos documenting the complete process, from start to finish. The colours are stated on the title of the car and will be registered under the name of the new owner legally.


    The car is available for viewing by appointment only.
    For more information please call +961 (0)1 345 011.


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