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A collection of custom-made racing helmets painted by renowned artists are going on the block at the Prince’s Car Collection to raise money for the children’s cancer hospital in Nice.

In an event organised by the Monaco Liver Disorder Association, and under the patronage of Prince Albert II, 90 custom-painted racing helmets will be going up for auction by Artcurial on Saturday 17th July at 5pm. The event will take place live at the Collection des Voitures de SAS le Prince de Monaco at Les Terrasses de Fontvieille.

The unique collection features helmets that have been turned into incredible works of art by come of today’s most inspiring artists. Some have simply been beautifully painted for effect whilst others have been transformed into something akin to sculpture.

For example, Charles Bataille has turned a helmet into a smiling fish in his Poisson-clown monécasque design, while D.H. Zimic’s La Princesse aux ours features cuddly toys clambering up the sides.

The entire collection can be previewed at the Collection des Voitures de SAS le Prince de Monaco at Les Terrasses de Fontvieille from 15th to 17th July.

Artcurial has a full listing of the helmets up for grabs, all of which have starting bid prices of €800. Those interested can watch or bid live on the house’s website, www.artcuiral.com or bid live at the auction site. All proceeds benefit the department of Neonatology and Haematology and Paediatric Oncology at Archet II Hospital in Nice.

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