A single 'one-off' unit of Ferretti’s Aquariva Super was sold at auction last night at the Yacht Club de Monaco, raising €430,000 plus VAT to help those affected by last month’s devastating earthquake in central Italy.

‘Blue Wonderful’ was designed by the Italian shipyard’s Officina Italiana Design studio with the help Sir Elton John, who chose the colour scheme and interior details.

All proceeds from the sale will be will be donated to the Italian Civil Protection for immediate intervention in the areas affected by the recent earthquake.

“As a friend of Ferretti Group and a Riva owner, I am happy to support the group's commitment in helping the populations of those regions acting solidarity,” said Sir Elton. “Our hearts go out to those who are still suffering and we are confident that the auction proceeds will contribute to comfort and help to those who need it most."

The Aquariva Super ‘Blue Wonderful’ was sold to a generous owner who asked to remain anonymous.

Speaking at the end of the evening, Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi said: “We decided to donate one of our most beautiful and iconic boats, the Aquariva Super, made even more exceptional by the creative genius of our friend, and Riva owner, Sir Elton John, who personally selected this version of ‘Blue Wonderful’ making this a unique and unrepeatable unit.

“The proceeds of this initiative will entirely go to the Italian Civil Protection, to support immediate relief projects and support reconstruction of one of the most beautiful areas of the country, the richest in culture, history and traditions."

Galassi said that Ferretti specifically chose the Aquariva Super because it is a symbol of Italy's “extraordinary manufacturing expertise" and "unique capabilities that characterise the Riva brand and all of Ferretti Group”.