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BMW's Art Cars

When race car driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain asked his friend, artist Alexander Calder, to paint the BMW 3.0 CLS that he would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race, it was the beginning of a truly gorgeous concept: the BMW Art Car Collection. The German automaker responded quickly to the enormous public enthusiasm surrounding Calder’s art-on-wheels, deciding to establish the Art Car Collection. Since then, BMW has invited varying artists to contribute their considerable talents to the collection.

Click ahead to see the artists’ touches on 17 priceless BMWs.

Posted July 8, 2011
By Constance Parten

Photo: BMW Group PressClub Global