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A Ferrari on the side of the Angels

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One of the most desirable Ferraris on the planet - with a price tag of £3,500,000 - will have pride of place at RM Auctions in Battersea, London, on Wednesday.

The credit-crunch-defying 1963 250 GT SWB California Spyder was driven by Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

It is being sold along with some of the world's most expensive classic cars, including a 1955 Ford Thunderbird that once belonged to Hollywood star John Travolta and is expected to reach up to £30,000.

Dorset mechanic Andy Saunders also has 11 pieces for sale including a 2CV that he spent six months turning into a cubist work of art inspired by Picasso's Portrait of Dora Maar.

"I tried to merge the lines between car design and art," he said. "It is completely asymmetric in every possible way and the inspiration was all from the Portrait of Dora Maar."

He hopes the automotive art will be bought by the Tate Gallery or the Pompidou Centre in Paris when it goes under the hammer with an estimate up to £14,000.

The car is not purely a work of art. It is legally roadworthy for daytime use and can reach speeds up to 65mph.

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