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London Auctioneers Help Raise More Than £20 Million for Charity

LONDON – During 2016 staff at Sotheby’s in London have taken part in a wide range of charity auctions that have raised more than £20 million for good causes.

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OLIVER BARKER AT THE NSPCC AUCTION AT RIVERSIDE CAFE

Senior members of the London team including Oliver Barker, Mark Poltimore, Harry Dalmeny and Helena Newman have acted as guest auctioneer at numerous events over the past 12 months.

Highlights included a Save The Children auction led by Oliver Barker that raised £850,000 while a NSPCC auction, with Oliver again acting as auctioneer, raised £480,000.

Harry Dalmeny was auctioneer for a Unicef Halloween ball that raised £368,000 while Helena Newman oversaw an event for the Rugby Portobello Trust – Empowering Girls that raised £170,000.

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A TRIP TO THE EDGE OF SPACE WAS OFFERED AS A LOT IN THE ROTA AUCTION

In November a Reach Out to Asia auction in Qatar, led by Mark Poltimore, raised an incredible £12.2 million with a series of lots including a trip for two people to the edge of space.

Speaking ahead of that event, Mark said: “Sotheby's is actively involved in many charity events but the ROTA auction is one of the highlights of the year in which we are proud to support.

“Under the patronage of the Qatari Royal family and chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Reach out to Asia since it's foundation in 2005 has provided education for than 50,000 students, created over 7,000 jobs and has helped about 1.5 m community members in Asia.”

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HELENA NEWMAN ADDRESSES THE AUDIENCE AT THE INSPIRING THE FUTURE EVENT AT NEW BOND STREET

Other charity auctions supported during the year included those for Naked Heart Foundation, London Air Ambulance, Dog’s Trust and Children With Cancer UK.

In addition, London based staff spent over 780 hours volunteering for charity in 2016, supporting 21 different charity projects that focused on the arts and local communities. Staff at New Bond Street also hosted 75 children from more than 20 London state schools for career insight days via Access Aspiration and Inspiring the Future.

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