LONDON - For two or three days before this auction, the works to be offered were on display in Sotheby’s London galleries. It was a great opportunity to familiarise myself with the array of works that were later sold to benefit the Royal Academy Schools.
With works by recent graduates from the schools and current Royal Academicians, artists featured in the silent auction included Tracey Emin, Bella Freud, Phyllida Barlow, while on the evening of 20 March guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and the opportunity to bid for works by Anthony Gormley, Eileen Cooper, Grayson Perry and Ken Howard among others.
Additional lots included such intriguing opportunities as a tour of Howard’s Venice studio and a look behind the scenes of renowned Champagne house Krug. Held in 6 Burlington Gardens, on the doorstep of the Royal Academy School itself, the auction raised some £200,000 in order to sustain these remarkable institutions that have existed since 1768.
Mark Poltimore conducting the auction
Eddie Izzard entertaining the guests before the auction
Bidding was spirited among guests in the crowded room