Back in 2012 when Ian McKellen was in New Zealand working on The Hobbit, airbrush artist Talia Pearson asked him to sign some of her work. Talia had painted a tribute to The Hobbit – on a car bonnet! The idea was to gift the bonnet to charity. Sir Ian did. of course, oblige and later that year the bonnet, picturing Gandalf and Bilbo, was auctioned for the charity CanTeen, which helps youngsters with cancer. The bonnet raised NZ$2,500 and was bought by a bidder from New Zealand’s North Island.
The following pictures of Sir Ian and the car bonnet are from Talia’s Facebook page.