Barrett-Jackson is actually taking a custom display car, created by an artist named Ioan Florea, to its auction in Scottsdale, Arizona next month. They are hoping to find a brand-new home for this interesting creation.
In January, Barrett-Jackson will attempt to auction a non-running, plastic-grafted abstract interpretation of a Torino. The artist from Illinois has an enigmatic theory behind his 2013 creation, saying that the car is supposed to symbolize the bridge between the second Industrial Revolution of Henry Ford's assembly line and the third Industrial Revolution of 3D printing.
Ioan Florea is an artist who specializes in 3D textured painting and scultures. According to his statement on his website, he became fascinated by bones, the ability of clay to turn into plastic and the transformation of mud to brick. This is the reason why he integrated these in his creation.
A few years ago, Florea has been able to captivate the eyes of audiences in ways that were unimaginable. Florea first gained attention in the world of 3D art when he introduced his Liquid Metal Car, a Gran Torino which was modified with the use of an innovative 3D printing technique.
In 2013, Florea said that he's not sure if there would be any "commercial value" to his Torino, but now be believes that someone at the event won't bother bidding for his creation.
Thousands of bidders are expected compete to take home at least one of 1,600 rare vehicles during the Barrett-Jackson event. Surprisingly, this pedigree Ford Torino is priced higher than the new Ferrari 488but we will see in January who gets to win and display Florea's creation on his garage.
On the other hand, if you are interested but far from the event venue, you will still be able to participate in the competitive Barrett-Jackson bidding process via the Auction Insider app on computers or mobile devices. The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction will start on Jan. 14 and will continue until Jan. 22.