The car was won by an anonymous bidder, with the proceeds to be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help the global fight against the epidemic.

Bentley Motors, the world's leading luxury carmaker, has helped raise €700,000 (approx. $1.07million) by providing the first-ever auction of an exclusive Flying Spur First Edition donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation at a Gala last night in Antibes, France.

David Furnish and Sir Elton hosted the star-studded fundraising event The Gala was held at Villa Dorane, Cap d'Antibes. Proceeds raised will be devoted to the work of the Foundation and its global programmes to combat AIDS. The Gala was hosted by Sir Elton and David Furnish, Tania Bryer was master of ceremonies and there was a special guest appearance by Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Sir Elton John, who was in fierce competition with the anonymous bidder himself, said, "It's because of the consistent support and kindness of so many people in this room that we are able to commit the Elton John AIDS Foundation to real partnerships with world leaders that can a make a future without AIDS."

Sir Elton John and David Furnish hosted the star-studded fundraising event and welcomed regular supporters of the foundation together with luminaries from the worlds of music, film, entertainment, fashion, the arts and philanthropy. Guests gathered for a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction which were a highlight of the summer season in the Cote d'Azur and a perfect opportunity to showcase Bentley's sensationally dynamic and sophisticated new model.

To celebrate Bentley's Centenary year, and to support the Gala, Bentley is inviting the new owner of the Flying Spur First Edition to create his own bespoke and completely unique car through Bentley's exclusive Co-Creation Luxury Service, offered only to a tiny selection of clients. This is a chance to define personal luxury in a car of unrivalled performance.