For sale: 2004 Maybach 57 with celebrity pedigree, black and silver two-tone paint, missing roof and doors, hood used as trunk lid, trunk lid used as hood. Shoots fire…intentionally.
Jay Z and Kanye West literally tore it up in the video for their grammy-winning collaboration “Otis,” and 37 million YouTube views later it can now be yours. The uber-luxury sedan destroyed by the duo set cross the block at the Phillips de Pury & Company auction in New York on March 8th.
The $340,000 four-door was chopped and rebuilt post-apocalypse style in the Spike Jonze-directed tribute to the one-percent lifestyle and now features cobbled-together fender flares, door-panels turned into wings, the grille moved to the back and exhaust pipes that can shoot 10-foot long flames.
The rear seat appears to be fully intact, as the superstars were nice enough to give four long-legged and improperly-belted ladies an on-screen ride as they sped and drifted the V12-powered behemoth around a dusty parking lot.
The auction house estimates that the creation will fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. If that seems like a lot for a junker, it’s actually being billed as a piece of contemporary art and all proceeds are going to the Save the Children Fund. It may also become a quick classic for a buyer looking to flip it.
Daimler has announced that it is discontinuing the Maybach brand next year. If you’re wondering what musical mega-moguls will ride around in after that, Jay Z’s wife Beyonce just traded her Maybach for a $1 million customized Mercedes-Benz van.