A major collection of prints by urban art legends including Obey, Jimmy Cauty and Jamie Reid made £10,000 at auction in aid of London based HIV charity The Food Chain. The Food Chain, who provide nutritional support for people living with HIV, saw a 300% rise in demand for their services since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, rapidly switching their service to emergency food delivery by volunteers and individual support calls to their service users.
The entirety of the significant collection, including contemporary classics such as What U Looking At? by Eelus and Stars and Stripes by Keith Haring, sold through bidding in the auction room and across two internet platforms. Highlights from Chorley’s charity auction include a The Medium is the Message Post No Bills print by Obey that sold for £300 and Three Stamp sheets of Queen in Gas Mask by Jimmy Cauty that achieved £280. Photo Op, a print by Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps depicting Tony Blair taking a selfie in front of a huge explosion, made £160. The collection was a legacy donation by the estate of prolific collector Stephen Nunn and all proceeds from the sale went to The Food Chain.
Chorley’s Director and Auctioneer Thomas Jenner-Fust says
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our charity auction in aid of The Food Chain who are doing incredible work in London communities and to have had the opportunity to handle such an interesting and varied collection. It gives us great pleasure to be able to send a cheque for £10,000 to such a worthy cause”
The Food Chain’s Community and Events Fundraiser Clifford McManus says
“£10,000 will make a huge difference to The Food Chain and help us to continue to feed the fight against HIV across London”