Bartels Harley Davidson (Harley Davidson dealer to the stars) in Marina Del Rey, California, will unveil artist Jack Armstrong‘s «Cosmic Starship» Harley Davidson on October 21, 2010. Priced at $1,000,000, this is the world’s first and only million dollar Harley and the only motorcycle Armstrong will ever paint.
«Andy Warhol would have loved it,» states Armstrong. «He started with soup cans and worked up to Elizabeth Taylor! For me as an artist,» explains Armstrong, «Harley is James Dean, Brando, Elvis and Steve McQueen, and is more American than ice cream. To paint a million dollar Harley is legendary, like the bike!»
John Travolta rode a Bartels Harley in the film Hogs, but Armstrong’s million dollar Harley is a movie in itself. Creator of the unique painting style called «Cosmic Extensionalism», Armstrong’s trademark art combines extreme colors and textures. Words magically appear throughout his paintings when viewed at different angles with his bold signature JACK, often in the center.
According to Armstrong there will be a small sign placed next to the million dollar motorcycle saying, «If you are not Lady GaGa, Scarlett Johansson or Sylvester Stallone DO NOT TOUCH THIS HARLEY!» It’s still unknown is the company is going to donate the revenue from selling the bike, but it would be quite a logical move. There is at least a month and a half to see if Harley Davidson takes this decision.