Actors Russell Tovey, Duncan James and Aidan Turner are among the stars of Terrence Higgins Trust’s annual fundraiser The Auction. They’re joined in the auction catalogue by world-class pieces by some of the best artists and photographers in the business, including the charity’s patron Tracey Emin and long-time supporter the late Sir Howard Hodgkin.
The event at Christie’s world-famous auction house is being held to enable the charity to provide continued support for people living with and affected by HIV.
“We’re delighted to have such high quality lots from some of the best names from the worlds of art and entertainment,” says Jane Barron, head of special events at Terrence Higgins Trust.
“We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of the event’s supporters, including our incredible Auction committee. From Tracey Emin, Keith Haring and Sir Howard Hodgkin to emerging artists like Andrew Salgado and Bambi, we couldn’t have asked for a better range of lots for our bidders.”
Lots are split across a live auction on Monday 16 April and an online auction, with all items up for grabs on Paddle8.
To whet your appetite, here are just a few of the items going under the hammer for a brilliant cause.
Russell Tovey – Homemade Superhero by Christopher Garrington
An oil painting of actor Russell Tovey by artist Christopher Garrington is already attracting bids.
“The superhero concept felt right. I knew I wanted to do something sexy and this felt in keeping with his character,” says artist Christopher Garrington. “I decided to strip him down to his pants and use a bedsheet cape to show you don’t need superpowers to become a homemade superhero.
“Russell’s openness and success shows everyone growing up that can their dreams are achievable. On the day, I was nervous but Russell and Steve made me feel really comfortable and he threw himself into the character.”
Keith Haring – Icons, 1990
Keith Haring was pre-eminent among the young artists, performers and musicians whose work responded to urban street culture of the 1980s. And, with a guide price of £40,000, Icons is one to watch at The Auction.
A passionate believer in the transformative powers of all the arts, Haring frequently collaborated with writers, musicians, dancers, fashion designers, film-makers and other visual artists of his era. Haring died in New York in February 1990 of AIDS-related illnesses at the age of 31. Since his death he has been the subject of numerous international retrospectives and his work is in major private and public collections. Although Haring’s career was brief, his imagery has become a universally recognised visual language of the 20th Century.
The lot has kindly been donated by The Keith Haring Foundation.
Aidan Turner – dinner with the actor at Pizzaro
The chance of dinner with Poldark’s Aidan Turner is already proving popular with a flurry of bids having already come in.
He’ll take one lucky bidder and five of their closest friends to the brilliant Pizzaro restaurant in Broadgate Circle, London. It’s owned by Spanish chef and long-time support of the charity Jose Pizzaro, who donated the prize alongside the actor.
Gideon Mendel – John and Michael from The Ward series
Photographer Gideon Mendel’s photos from one of London’s first AIDS wards feature four men John, Steven, Ian and Andre. It was part of Terrence Higgins Trust’s Positive Lives project to challenge the stigma and fear that surrounded HIV and AIDS at the time.
Twenty-five years later, one of the iconic photos is being auctioned off to raise money to support the charity and to ensure that the stigma that continues to affect people living with HIV is tackled.
“The four young men who agreed to be photographed really, really wanted to do it they saw it as an opportunity to do something with their lives and to challenge stigma,” says Mendel.
The event is being held at Christie’s in London on Monday 16 April from 7pm and tickets are available from Terrence Higgins Trust’s website. Alternatively, you can bid for any of the items via Paddle8’s online auction.