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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, #LRF30660, 1977

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II

When in 1977 Rolls-Royce introduced the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II this model, which offered 4 in (10 cm) more legroom for rear seat passengers thanks to an extended wheelbase, was offered for discerning customers. Perhaps the Company might have been well aware that a few of their customers were slightly eccentric. However it had neven been the manufacturer's policy to comment on any customer's taste.

No comment is known as regards the almost bizarre outward appearance of the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, 1977, #LRF30660. This automobile had been subject of a performance by French artist Christophe Emanuel Bouchet. He transformed the Rolls-Royce into a piece of art  "Visions of the Wife - From Saint to Whore" .

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II

Christophe Emanuel Bouchet had finished top academies in France and then went to Berlin, when that town was still divided by the "Berlin Wall". He became prominent as one of those artists who "attacked" the Berlin Wall in actions (quite often tremendously dangerous!) and performances by applying "art". The Berlin Wall doesn't exist any longer but the art lives on - one segment e.g. is on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Only once in his life did Bouchet opt on a "rolling canvas", i.e. this Rolls-Royce. Over recent decades the car was stored in private art collections - not least a reminder of a dark period with no freedom due to communist dictatorship in Eastern Germany.

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