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http://jalopnik.com/5827333/the-story-behind-ayrton-sennas-model-mclaren-f1-car#

And the auction lot itself:

http://www.coys.co.uk/auction.php?itemID=765&auctionID=14

Estimate: €35,000 - €45,000
Registration Number: N/A
Chassis Number: N/A

Officially endorsed by McLaren, this artwork was created by renowned artist Jay Burridge using Ayrton Senna's Championship winning 1991 McLaren MP4/6 F1 car given to him personally by Ron Dennis.

Jay Burridge was a sculpture student at Central Saint Martinís college of Art and Design from 1990 to 1994. Whilst in his second year his tutor passed on a letter he had received from McLaren International offering a student a unique opportunity to make a sculpture using one of their cars.

Jay met with Ron Dennis the next day and was shown a car being dismantled from the previous season and Jay commented that it was like taking apart the worldís most expensive Airfix kit and immediately knew what he wanted to do with it. Next Jay drew up plans and submitted them to McLaren; the simplicity of the concept appealed to McLaren and respectfully complemented the cars construction.

Upon completion Jay invited Ron Dennis to Central St. Martins to view the sculpture and he was so impressed with it and agreed for it to be displayed in the reception of Marlboro's advertising agency in London.

The sculpture was put into storage and upon Senna's death in May 1994 Jay received a phone call from Ron Dennis's office asking if the sculpture could remain in storage for 2 years, so out of respect he did not use Senna's death to sell the sculpture.

Time passed and in June 2004 the sculpture was featured as a central part of the 'Remembering Ayrton Senna' tribute exhibition at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where McLaren offered to clean and restore the body work to look its best for the occasion.

There are still tell tale signs of the car being raced by a legend with a few nicks and scratches on the body work. The only change was the update of the sponsorís decals from the original Marlboro logo to the strobe decals due to it being displayed in public where It Is illegal to advertise cigarettes. The decals are original items from the 1991 race season where the Marlboro logo was not permitted, so are authentically fitting for the car.

McLaren have a policy of not selling any cars or parts of cars to collectors and all race cars are dismantled after each race in an autopsy and then used again or disposed of. No one owns a McLaren Formula 1 car or parts of a McLaren Formula 1 car let alone a Senna McLaren and this is a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of automotive history and art.
 

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Coolest thing ever. I realize there's a lot of the car "not there" (basically - anything mechanical) - but doesn't the estimate still seem kinda low, considering this was Senna's last championship car?
 

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I thought so. Particularly since it's the actual car, and McLaren NEVER lets that stuff out.
 

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Even if I had a bare wall that big I dont think my wife would be too happy with that proudly displayed in the house. It is a great piece.
 

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lol - the lack of wall space/size has never stopped me... lol. I'll open up the garage a bit more. And thankfully my girlfriend ignores my ridiculous vehicular indulgences.

Recently bought a few Peter Lick photos - they're almost 3m across framed... probably should've measured open wall space beforehand. Oops.
 
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