When Jay-Z and Kanye West took a saw and blow torch to a brand new Maybach, in the music video for their Watch The Throne single “Otis,” that vehicle grabbed a lot of attention. After all, thrashing and Maybach and turning it into a Mad Max-inspired ride is dope in itself, but to take it for a joyride for a few hours just looks fun! Who wouldn’t want that?
If you wanna go for a ride in it, now you can — that is, if you buy it. It’s being sold to the highest bidder in an upcoming auction benefiting non-profit organization Save The Children, which works to change the lives of needy children around the world.
Phillips de Pury will hold the auction at its New York Contemporary Art Evening sale in New York City on March 8th, located at 450 Park Avenue. It is expected to sell for around $100,000-$150,000.
“Jay-Z and Kanye West are towering figures in contemporary culture. They have greatly contributed to the artificial barriers between art, music, fashion and cinema to come down. Their video for ‘Otis’ became an instant classic. The Maybach they have transformed for it has the starring role,” said Simon de Pury, chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company.
A rep for Save The Children says the money from the auction will directly families in East Africa.
“The rains have arrived in some areas of East Africa, but the crisis is far from over,” Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, said. “It will take many months for farmers and families to replenish herds and replant and harvest crops. The funds raised from auctioning off the ‘Otis’ car are greatly needed to help sustain families over the next several months.
“We are grateful to Jay-Z and Kanye West for offering up pop culture history to do good for children in Africa.”
If the sale of the “Otis” Maybach exceeds $100,000, it could feed more than 4,300 children in Africa.