London (PRWEB UK) 17 October 2011
Hosted by Phillips de Pury, and Sponsored by Swarovski ‘Arts for Human Rights’, the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation inaugural event raised an astonishing £721,000/ $1,139,067.34 with Jon Snow as master of ceremonies and Simon de Pury as auctioneer who hit the hammer down on some exceptional works.
The top lot of the evening was the Raqib Shaw, An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, 2011 which sold for £200,000. Other highlights included the sale of Marc Quinn’s Planet, 2011 which sold for £80,000; Jason Martin, Frontiere, 2011, which sold for £55,000, Terence Koh, GOD (Dirty in the Blind, Number 3), 2007, which sold for £35,000; Martin Creed’s, Work No. 1270, 2011 which sold for £24,000, Sylvie Fleury’s neon Shield, 2001-2, which sold for £13,000, Antony Gormley’s carbon and casein on paper, Matrix with Light, 2009 which sold for £28,000 Ross Bleckner, Human Rights, 2011, which sold for £10,000; Jules de Balincourt, Exciting the Caves, 2009 which sold for £40,000; Anselm Kiefer, Leonardo Pisano, Liber Quadratorum, 2008, which sold for £70,000 Mustafa Hulusi, Abstract Rose 5, 2011, sold for £15,000; Francesco Clemente, Silence and Song, 2010 which sold for £32,000; Francesco Vezzoli, Una Lacrima Bianca per Bianca in Bianco, 2011, which sold for £ 28,000.
The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation Award for Courage was presented in absentee to Ai Weiwei, in recognition of his heroic dedication to free speech and democratic principles and the Award for Leadership was presented to Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, Chief of the Gamebey Clan of the Suruí People of Rondônia in Brazil, over a live link to the Amazonian rainforest, in recognition of his visionary leadership of the Surui people, and his courageous struggle in defence of their ancestral land, in the Amazon.
VIP guests who attended included: Bianca Jagger, Simon and Michaela de Pury, Nadja Swarovski, Jade Jagger, Vivienne Westwood, Tracey Emin, Andreas Kronthaler, Marc Quinn, Ron Arad, Nicholas Kirkwood, Zaha Hadid, Raqib Shaw.