Art auction sees kids laugh all the way to the Banksy

Charity fundraiser to support children with special needs

Image: Damien Hirst

Those looking to add a Banksy, Hockney, Hirst or Emin to their art collection should look no further than Notting Hill’s 20th Century Theatre on May 15. It may seem an unlikely spot to acquire art, but for one evening only it will be the location of the Special Yoga Centre’s “Raising the Roof” contemporary art auction.


The charity will be rolling up the yoga mats and rolling out the artworks to raise money towards the renovation of its new premises in London’s West Hampstead, where it will be able to offer even more yoga-therapy sessions for children with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and epilepsy.


Among the works going under the hammer is Tracey Emin’s You said What etching, featuring an inquisitive-looking owl on a pretty duck-egg-blue washed background. Then there’s Damien Hirst’s Valium 2000 print (pictured, with an estimated market value of £11,000) and Gerald Laing’s bold Brigitte Bardot 1968 screenprint. Other artists represented include David Dawson, Peter Blake and Bob Carlos Clarke.

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