artnet Auctions Presents the LUMAS Online Charity Auction

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artnet Auctions presents the LUMAS online charity auction to fight famine in Somalia, East Africa.

Since July 2011, the region of the Horn of Africa, above all Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, has been afflicted by unfathomable disaster. According to the UN, nearly 13 million people are threatened with starvation, among which more than 320,000 are malnourished children, in danger from nutritional deficiency. *

To improve the situation in East Africa, the LUMAS Editions gallery wants to set an example. Together with artnet Auctions, LUMAS will auction off 20 sold-out pieces from the LUMAS portfolio. 100% of proceeds from this photography charity auction will be donated to three important aid organizations: Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF, and Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid.

The charity auction will take place from November 8 to November 22, 2011 on the online auction platform, artnet Auctions. The 20 most quickly sold-out highlights from the portfolio will be auctioned, the edition of which will be the highest number, respectively, from the LUMAS collection. Included are the photograph Tankstelle Blauer See by renowned industry and architecture photographer Heinrich Heidersberger, the portrait Jaime Rishar by Michel Comte, as well as Robert Lebeck’s New York 1967. Other artists in the auction include names as diverse as Floris M. Neusüss, Youssef Nabil, Wolfgang Joop, or Han Lei.

Anyone can place a bid; only a quick registration with artnet Auctions is necessary to participate. Through a successful auction, we hope to make a contribution to fighting famine in Africa.

Date of the sale:
November 8–22, 2011 in cooperation with artnet Auctions

Visit the sale at:

For more information, please contact the specialists below:
artnet Auctions

Christopher Sweet
Senior Specialist, Photography
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 165

Marie-Kathrin Krimphoff
+49 (0)30 20 91 78 40

Florence Alexandre
+33 (0)1 42 86 67 16


Dr. Jan Seewald
Head of Communication
+49 (0)30 30 30 69 46

*About the aid organizations:

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and Aids. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations, and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work, visit

Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 60 countries. MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, and exclusion from health care or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. For more information, visit

HIJRA—Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid
HIJRA is currently one of the largest humanitarian organizations on the ground in Mogadishu and Lower Shabelle, working to address the immediate needs of over 350,000 famine-affected people in Somalia. The teams work to support 287,000 with water and sanitation, 12,000 in livelihoods and 160,000 in health. HIJRA has been supporting humanitarian programs in Somalia since its foundation in 1992. To learn more about the programs in the region please, visit

About the art organizations:

LUMAS has created a new space for art, which offers young collectors and all art lovers a diverse selection of works by over 160 established artists and emerging newcomers. At 13 galleries in Germany, in SoHo New York, Zurich, London, Paris, and Vienna more than 1,400 works are available as original photographs in editions of 75 to 150, signed by the artist. These editions allow LUMAS to offer affordable prices between 100 and 800 USD. LUMAS makes museum-quality art photography affordable for everyone. For more information, visit |

About artnet
With 24/7 worldwide bidding, artnet Auctions is the world’s first and only online auction platform to buy and sell Modern and Contemporary Fine Art, prints, photographs, and Design. artnet has been online since 1995 and is host to approximately 2 million visitors each month. Through the artnet Price Database of all auction sales results and artnet Galleries of all premier art galleries worldwide, artnet is the leading online resource for the international art market. | |

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