Fine art goes under the hammer for endangered species

Profits from the sale of 20 postwar-to-present artworks at Christie’s will support Global Wildlife Conservation projects

Loie Hollowell Linked Lingam in Blue, Gray, Pink and Copper, $20,000-£30,0000
Loie Hollowell Linked Lingam in Blue, Gray, Pink and Copper, $20,000-£30,0000

On September 27 at Christie’s New York, the first 20 lots of a postwar-to-present fine art sale will be auctioned in aid of Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), a charity dedicated to preserving endangered species and habitats (two current projects include empowering rangers in Zimbabwe to combat poaching and protecting the Javan rhino, of which there are just 67 left).

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The sale forms part of Art in Acres, an ongoing collaboration between Christie’s and GWC, with all proceeds going towards the charity’s endeavours to buy – and transform into a national reserve – thousands of acres in Guatemala that form the last, large-scale, unprotected cloud forest in Central America. Artists featured will include Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, Robert Longo, the Haas Brothers  and Thomas Struth (with estimates from $12,000 to $200,000), and the Sheth Sangreal Foundation is providing matching funds on the profits from every sale made.

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