A brand new timed online auction of Modern art has raised £68,000 for charity.
The inaugural timed auction (where lots time out without an auctioneer) was hosted by Woolley and Wallis to benefit Horatio’s Garden, a Salisbury-based charity that creates hospital gardens for long-term spinal injury patients.
With HRH Princess Eugenie as its patron, the charity quickly attracted donations from over 60 different artists including Maggi Hambling, Sean Henry, Kate Malone and Hollywood director, Tim Burton.
The auction’s top lot went to equestrian sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green, whose 2014 bronze model of a horse’s head attracted competitive bidding to realise £9,500. Maggi Hambling’s Moon and Sea landscape proved similarly popular, realising £8,500.
Bidding took place over the Whitsun bank holiday, with Woolley and Wallis hosting the sale through The Saleroom. Both the auction house and the bidding platform waived their charges to ensure the maximum level of fundraising was achieved for the charity.
“Horatio’s Garden is a charity with which we have worked closely over a number of years,” explained Woolley and Wallis Chairman, John Axford. “In company with many charities, the pandemic has had a huge impact on its fundraising activities and so we were really pleased to be able to help with this venture and I’m delighted at its success.”