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The 9/11 Art Auction that aims to build hope

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Fabulous artworks, fabulous cause

Image: Marc Quinn

August 30 2011
Vicki Reeve

Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin (second picture), Wim Wenders, Grayson Perry, Richard Deacon and Marc Quinn (first picture) are just some of the stellar artists who have donated artworks to an auction in aid of a new charity, the 9 11 London Project, which aims “to ensure that the legacy of 9/11 is one that builds hope from tragedy”. The Project has been set up to educate schoolchildren – many of whom weren’t, of course, even born when the atrocities of September 11 2001 occurred – about the terrorist attacks, in a quest to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

Renowned historian and 9/11 Art Auction Committee member Simon Schama comments: “It’s impossible to overstate the importance of teaching future generations how the atrocity of 9/11 came about and what it did to the world. I’m deeply grateful for and moved by the generosity of all the artists who have donated work to support the educational project and who, by doing so, have allied their humanity to their creativity.”

The artworks are now available to view at Sotheby’s New Bond Street branch until Friday September 2, and the auction itself takes place at Claridge’s on Tuesday September 6. How To Spend It readers are sure to want to be among the most generous bidders at the auction, but don’t worry if you can’t actually be there: see the website for an absentee bid form – or bid via telephone. See details below.