The worlds of art, fashion, design and showbusiness came together this week at the 23rd Terrence Higgins Trust Auction, helping to raise £113,100 to support people living with and affected by HIV across the UK.
Hosted by Christie’s Auction House in London, the event was supported by celebrities including chat show host Graham Norton, This Morning’s resident doctor Ranj Singh, dancer Wayne Sleep and Outlander star Lauren Lyle.
Some of the biggest lots of the night included a Brexit-inspired sculpture by renowned artist Grayson Perry and a design by Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley.
Oil canvas painting Lost Boys, by Paul Chisholm, received lots of interest. The painting was inspired by the boys lost to the HIV epidemic, and to related suicide, throughout the decades.
Other big-selling items included a plus-one experience with James Corden to attend the premiere of Cats: The Movie later this year.
The Auction was opened by Ian Green, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, who spoke about why these events and the generosity of supporters are so crucial in the UK’s HIV response: “On World AIDS Day last year, we surpassed the 90:90:90 targets set by UNAIDS in the UK, with 92% of those living with HIV being diagnosed, 98% of those on HIV treatment and 97% of them having an undetectable viral load, which means they can’t pass it on. This would not have happened without your support.”
The online auction is open until Wednesday 24 April and features a range of exclusive lots and unique experiences.
One of the hot ticket items is a unique photograph taken by David Bailey CBE of Queen on the day of their iconic Live Aid performance. The picture is estimated to be worth £60,000.
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