An auction featuring the works of some of the world’s leading contemporary artists has raised nearly £2 million for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Thirty-one pieces were sold in the Art for Grenfell auction, which took place at Sotheby’s auction house in New Bond Street on Monday (October 16), raising a total of £1,946,875.
The total achieved for the sale is double the pre-auction estimate of £700,000-£1,000,000, with 100% of lots sold.
The money will be given to The Rugby Portobello Trust, the North Kensington-based charity which has been closely supporting the Grenfell residents since the fire in June.
Sotheby’s says proceeds will handed to families and individuals before Christmas.
Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread, Sarah Lucas and Wolfgang Tillmans were among a few of the artists who donated work for the auction.
The night’s biggest earner was Tillmans’ Freischwimmer 193, which sold for £392,750.
Antony Gormley’s Small Charge went for £344,750, while one buyer splashed out £200,000 Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Bad School Boy.
Gallerist Sadie Coles, a former resident of Notting Hill, also donated a work from her own collection, Neo Rauch’s Treffen which made £68,750.
And Tracey Emin's 2015 piece Love You More sold for £162,500.
The auction was put together by film producer Hamish McAlpine and art consultant Katie Heller, who worked with the artists to secure works for the sale.
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