Atlanta, Georgia – A 2010 Mini Cooper signed by 18 Penguin authors is up for sale on Auto Trader. The car was purchased by Penguin Books as part of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2010 and travelled to literary and book events across the U.S. where the various authors signed it.
The signatures include those of Garrison Keillor, William Kennedy, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Pollan, Sue Monk Kidd, Jan Karon and Rosanne Cash. Offered at US$30,000, the car comes with a collection of the top 75 titles published by Penguin Books over the past 75 years, worth about $1,200. Proceeds from the sale of the car will be donated to the New York Public Library.
The car, currently in New York City, has the autographs in silver pen along the dashboard, doors and steering wheel.
“We priced the car at the top of the price range you would find for a used 2010 Mini Cooper on AutoTrader.com because of the special and unique nature of the vehicle,” said John Fagan, vice-president director of marketing at Penguin Books. “We’ll consider all offers, but are obviously looking to get as much for the vehicle as possible, as all the proceeds benefit the New York Public Library, one of New York City’s most treasured institutions.”