Published: 21 Jan 2013 14:39 GMT+01:00 | Print version
Updated: 21 Jan 2013 17:50 GMT+01:00
Luxury car-lovers, fans of Manchester United and graffiti enthusiasts all have their chance to get their hands on a unique piece of memorabilia on Tuesday, when the iconic French footballer turned actor, Eric Cantona puts his customized Rolls Royce up for auction in Paris.
Most vintage car-owners would be horrified at the mere sight of a can of spray paint in the vicinity of their pride and joy but last November, the 46-year-old Manchester United legend Eric Cantona did the unthinkable by inviting world-famous New York street-artist 'JonOne' to cover his 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche in graffiti.
With the luxury model thoroughly tagged by the Paris-based artist, whose real name is John Perello, Cantona handed the vehicle over to the 'Fondation Abbe Pierre,' a French housing charity which counts the retired footballer among its celebrity patrons.
The reborn work of modern art has been on display at the Artcurial auction house and gallery near the Champs Elysée since Sunday, and will be sold to the highest bidder on Tuesday, with a starting price of 20,000 euros.
"We're expecting a great crowd at the auction tomorrow," Armelle Maquin, a spokeswoman for Artcurial told The Local on Monday.
"The interest surrounding the car is due to who it came from, the fact that JonOne has made it into a work of art, but also, of course, because of interest in the homeless," she concluded.
In an interview with French weekly Voici, Cantona said: "It's the ultimate symbol of wealth, and now it's associated with a symbol of poverty, by a true street artist."
Read The Local on Tuesday to find out how much his prized Rolls Royce raised for charity.
A man was arrested on Friday after causing a scare at the Cannes Film Festival, where he attacked a TV studio with a gun loaded with blanks and a dummy grenade, police and witnesses said. READ () »
French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday compared President Vladimir Putin to the late Pope John Paul II and said the ex-KGB agent is what Russia needs as a leader. READ () »
France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed the measure into law following months of bitter political debate. READ () »
Struggling French oyster farmers, whose haul has diminished in recent years, are set to receive some much needed help from their Swedish counterparts, by importing oyster spats from Sweden for the first time. READ () »
France's highest court the Constitutional Council cleared the divisive gay marriage bill on Friday, paving the way for same sex unions to become legal. Francois Hollande said he would sign the bill into law as soon as Saturday. READ () »
While many in the world of football raised a glass to David Beckham when he announced his retirement on Thursday, elements in the French media as well as PSG fans in Paris could not hide the fact they feel a little cheated by his minimal contribution on the pitch. READ () »
Thieves have stolen Chopard jewellery worth $1 million at Cannes Film Festival, French police reported on Friday. The jewellery was due to be loaned to film stars over the coming days. READ () »
Around 750 police have been stationed at schools across the French city of Strasbourg after an anonymous person, believed to be a teenager, posted a message online threatening to commit suicide and kill several pupils at a school on Friday. READ () »
Charges of manslaughter against Martine Aubry, a leading member of France's ruling Socialist Party, were dropped on Friday by a French court. The charges related to a probe into thousands of deaths caused by exposure to asbestos. READ () »
French companies have long had a reputation for relying heavily on unpaid interns. New figures released on Friday highlighting the staggering number of interns on the payroll at banking giant Societé General will only confirm this reputation. READ () »