Rolls-Royce designers take on Paddington project

Artist Tracey Emin with the Paddington Bear designed by Rolls-Royce
Artist Tracey Emin with the Paddington Bear designed by Rolls-Royce

The ‘Spirit of Paddington’, created by Goodwood’s Rolls-Royce craftsmen, was bought by artist Tracey Emin at a Christie’s auction on December 10.

It was one of 50 statues to form a Paddington trail in London which coincided with Michael Bond’s classic story making it to the silver screen.

Other famous names who gave the famous bear a makeover included David Beckham, Julie Walters and Stephen Fry.

A total of £462,500 was raised on the night in aid of the NSPCC and, following the auction, Tracy Emin generously donated the ‘Spirit of Paddington’ back to the charity for future display.

“I am honoured that our Paddington has inspired such generosity from Tracey Emin, one of the nation’s most eminent artists,” said Giles Taylor, director of design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“We have all thoroughly enjoyed bringing such a well-loved character to life and are absolutely delighted that our Charles Rolls-inspired bear has played its part in raising vital funds for the NSPCC.”

The design took inspiration from Charles Stewart Rolls, a noted adventurer, pioneer aviator and co-founder of Rolls-Royce.

With the aim of alluding to the Rolls’ legend as ‘the original gentleman racer’, Paddington sports a leather jacket, aviators’ cravat and racing goggles.