In a charity auction, a life-size LEGO Renault R.S.17 sold for $108,000 – double the top of the end of the estimated sale price.
On February 10, an auction was held in aid of UNICEF, will all manner of motorsports memorabilia going under the hammer. A particularly interesting piece was a full size Renault R.S.17 built entirely from LEGO bricks, that was used for promotional activity during the 2017 Formula 1 season.
With an estimated sale price of between $35,000 and $55,000 it was a surprise when it sold for $108,000, WTHR reports. Given that is perhaps the ultimate LEGO model car – aside from a certain Bugatti – it makes sense that it would desirable to those with deep pockets.
Most LEGO fans will have to make do with the recently release Speed Champions sets, such as 75894 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally and 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and 75893 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.
The model was built for a promotional team up between the Renault F1 Team and the LEGO Group, first revealed in 2017 at L’Atelier Renault, a store on the Champs-Elysees, before touring during the 2018-2019 season.
Upscaled brick built LEGO minifigure drivers were auctioned off during the event.