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A saleroom stages a remarkable charity auction

The charity auction with a uniquely personal twist

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A saleroom stages a remarkable charity auction

September 16 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Collectors and lovers of good design will have the chance to snap up something very special at an auction held by Dreweatts at its Donnington Priory Saleroom, near Newbury in Berkshire, which starts on September 16.

To celebrate the launch of its four-day Modern Masters selling exhibition ­– a showcase of one-off works by four internationally renowned local artists and designers – the saleroom has come up with a unique concept. Four auction lots (one donated by each exhibitor) will be put under the hammer for charity, but with the involvement of the winning bidder going further than simply raising a paddle.

So, for example, the winner of the lot donated from the Edward Barnsley Workshop will receive a week’s contemporary furniture training overseen by designer James Ryan, after which they will be able to make and take away their own bespoke mini-masterpiece (first and second pictures: games table and library steps by Edward Barnsley Workshop). And Johannes von Stumm, a prominent sculptor who also serves as president of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, will be offering a commission.

Fans of fine jewellery will be pleased to hear that goldsmith Peter Page, who works entirely by hand using traditional techniques, will be creating a bespoke piece of jewellery (made from £750-worth of 18ct gold), while the winning bidder of the “20x24” oil-painting commission by portrait painter Tom Coates will be in very good company indeed (his past commissions have included the England cricket team and HM the Queen).

All funds raised through the auction will benefit the cancer charity UCARE, which funds research into urological cancers such as prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer.