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For the 2010 Life Ball, MINI handed design duties for three one-off special editions to fashion designers Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa and Diane von Furstenberg.  Unveiled last week, the three cars are being used to raise funding for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

One of the MINIs, created by Calvin Klein Collection's Francisco Costa, has already been auctioned off for €40,000.  The Countryman features a matte black finish with reflective logos and tinted windows.  The other two vehicles will be auctioned off at later events.

They include Cole's brushed silver Convertible with 8,000 hand-applied studs, leather seating, and Swarovski crystal, and von Furstenberg's bright red Cooper with a fancy lip pattern, and iridescent mother-of-pearl painted wheels, mirror caps, and roof.

This marks MINI's 10th year sponsoring the Life Ball.  The largest European HIV/AIDS fundraiser has seen MINIs created by Versace, Gianfranco Ferre and Diesel, amongst others.  See related links below for these stories.

Gallery: Life Ball MINIs 2010 debut at Vienna’s City Hall Square

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