Sotheby's Presents: Bid For Creation – An Exceptional Auction At Paris Opera House

Paris | 30 January 2023

Sotheby's has joined forces with AROP, the Association pour le Rayonnement de l'Opéra de Paris, to support the Paris Opera by organizing an auction that will enable the institution to raise funds for projects organized around its four core values: Creation, Openness, Preservation and Transmission.

Camille Bon, Opera dancer, takes through inside the Opera house to finally reveal the Works and collectibles from all eras and styles, all generously donated by artists, collectors, and gallery owners for this exceptional event.

After an exhibition in the salons of Sotheby's, an online sale will be organized from January 23 to 31, 2023 and an indoor sale on January 30, 2023 under the hammer of Pierre Mothes, vice president of Sotheby's France, during a dinner in the Grand Foyer of the Palais Garnier.

According to Mario Tavella, Chairman of Sotheby's France and Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, "The Paris Opera plays a major role in contemporary creation in France and internationally. We are honored to be able to convey the values of the Paris Opera's commitment through this unique sale.

This unprecedented sale will contribute first and foremost to first and foremost to support creation at the creation at the Opera, as it constitutes the heart of the institution's activity. It allows us to mobilize and enrich our artistic and technical know-how. It is central to the training of artists and to the transmission of knowledge. The Paris Opera has been a living center of creation for over 350 years.

But creating is also, more than ever, a necessity in order to reach out to all audiences, by proposing works of our time, which echo the questions that animate our societies and the diversity of individuals that make them up. Creating allows us to speak to new generations and to those who are far from opera and dance.

Thanks to the results of this sale, the Opera is committed to continuing and developing its actions in favor of access for all to its shows: youth previews for new shows (approximately 25,000 seats per year), youth subscriptions, My First Time at the Opera evenings, family subscriptions, the 10 Months of School and Opera educational program developed in the Ile-de-France region and which may continue to be extended to the regions.

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