London, 29th February, Save the Children Charity Evening - In nearly 20 years at the rostrum at Sotheby’s, one of the most vibrant auctions I’ve taken, is Save the Children’s “Night of Blues” at The Roundhouse in London, hosted by Alan Parker. The event, attended by 470 guests, including Helena Bonham-Carter CBE, Tim Burton, Gillian Anderson, Samantha Cameron and Erin O’Connor, raised over £1.1 million for the charity through ticket sales and auction lots. Taking guests on a musical journey through the Blues, the bill included the Grammy award-winning Dr John, blues legend James Cotton, soul singer Jocelyn Brown, master saxophonist Maceo Parker and the wonderful KT Tunstall, who delighted us all with a memorable version of George Michael’s Faith.
The live auction of 10 lots raised £454,000. As the event’s auctioneer, it was fantastic to feel the enthusiasm in the room for the charity’s amazing work. Top lot of the evening was Marc Quinn’s oil on canvas Under the Volcano. Erebus Antarctica, which reached £150,000. Frenzied bidding erupted for a last minute addition to the auction – an original illustration by film director Tim Burton, which went for a fantastic £60,000.
A silent auction ran all night with luxury experiences up for grabs, including a VIP trip to the Monte Carlo Historic Grand Prix, two days at the iconic Liberty Design Studio in London and a private dinner at China Tang at The Dorchester.
It was an extraordinary evening and I was delighted to have participated in helping raise funds for such an honourable cause. For Tatler’s pictures of the event, click here.