Original Kelly Telfer Painting Signed by Mario Andretti Raises $138,000 at Charity Auction | News

SONORA, Calif., March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — An original version Kelly Telfer table titled “Mario Andretti – a True Champion”, signed by Mario Andrettiraised $138,000 auctioned for Spina Bifida charity Jacksonville to Saturday, March 5, 2022 during the Amelia Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

RM Sotheby’s, the world’s number one classic car auction house and official auction house for the exclusive event, handled the transaction at its 23rd annual sale held at the Ritz-Carlton.

The original 48″ H x 60″ W painting was inspired by photos of Andretti taken by the photographer and motorsports legend Bill Warner. Holding the auction at Amelia was particularly significant since Warner was also the creator of the island’s Concours d’Elegance. Of equal importance was the beneficiary charity, Spina Bifida de Jacksonville, a 501(k) nonprofit chosen because of Warner’s own granddaughter’s struggles with the disease. Also, important to note, Demery Webber, Bill Warner daughter, is currently the Executive Director of Spina Bifida of Jacksonville charity.

“This project was truly a team effort. I would like to give special thanks to Don Ghareeb for the purchase of this part. His generosity and support will go a long way.”

“Also, I would like to thank William Warner for his incredible photos of Mario that I can paint on, for his effort and enthusiasm, and his far-reaching contributions to this project and to the motorsports industry,” he continued.

“I would also like to thank the Chairman and CEO of Sotheby’s Rob Myers, Brad Phillips, and the entire RM Sotheby’s team. They did a masterful job selling the painting at auction. And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the one and only Mario Andretti for his incredible racing career and for signing the original painting.”

After the coin was sold, Telfer also showed his appreciation in a social media post for Pierre Sachs of Custom Mat Co., Jacksonville, Florida.to introduce Bill Warner to Kelly years ago and contributing ideas that moved the collaboration forward, Sean Fanin, who is making a documentary on the history of the painting. As well as Jacques Telfer, who hand-delivered the painting, after Andretti signed it on his 82nd birthday, when shipping delays would have made it impossible otherwise. Additionally, the artist thanked John Ficarra and Keenan Sachs for their support and help on this project and many others.

Original Kelly Telfer artwork, signed; and unsigned prints and posters are available for purchase online at telferdesign.com


Spina Bifida Jacksonville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1973 to provide support to families living with Spina Bifida. Spina bifida is the most common permanent disabling birth defect in the United States. On average, 8 babies are born every day with spina bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine.

Spina Bifida Jacksonville strives to advocate, educate and serve patients and families whose lives have been touched by this disorder.


RM Sotheby’s is the world’s leading collector car auction house. With 40 years of proven track record in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated suite of services, from auctions (live and online) and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of automotive specialists and an international footprint, provide a level of service unrivaled in the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for the most valuable car ever sold at auction. Visit: rmsothebys.com


third-generation Californian, Kelly Telfer currently lives and works in Sonora, Californiain the Sierra Hills. With a lifelong love for cars, motorcycles and racing, he specialized in the art of motorsport for decades.

After creating the art of t-shirts for his own racing team (“Telfer Bros. Racing”, founded by Kelly and his brother Jim), Kelly started and ran a clothing company in the 1980s until the late 1990s. He designed apparel for many of the top racetracks, racing teams and manufacturers, including Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey Historics, Indianapolis 500, F1, NASCAR, Chevrolet, Ford, SCCA Trans-Am, Ayrton Sene, Nigel Mansell, Dale Earnhardt, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, Mario Andretti, Lyn St. James, wayne rainey, Steve and Michael Lewis, and many others. Telfer has many great memories and stories from that time!

Kelly Telfer is proud and honored to be the Official Artist in 2022 for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Rolex Reunion and the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship IMSA race, the 2022 Porsche Parade, the 2022 Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion in Amelia Island, FL and Monterey, Californiathe 2022 St Louis NASCAR Inaugural Race and the 2020 Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar Team. Telfer’s art is on permanent display at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed ​​in Lincoln, Neb.and his art is available at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Californiaand the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Telfer’s art has been exhibited at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Monterey Car week and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Plymouth, MI America’s Concours d’Elegance, beverly hills, new York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and many other locations in the United States. His art has also been featured in art galleries, magazines and is part of private and corporate art collections around the world.

Telfer currently owns the original 1968 “Bahama Mama” Porsche 911 which he acquired from the Brumos collection, Jacksonville, Florida in 2019. Telfer owned a 1956 Porsche Speedster with disc brakes and SC engine, a real driver’s car. Telfer drove his Speedster to deliver last-minute t-shirt orders to Laguna Seca in the 1980s and 1990s when he designed and created Laguna Seca merchandise. He also owned a beautiful, original blue 911T from 1971, and “a bunch of other cool Porsches” and cars. He is always looking for his next 356 or his first Porsche 911.

Kelly Telfer accepts commissions for original fine art paintings and limited edition Giclee prints, posters and event programs, and other creative opportunities art and more:

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