180 works by world-famous artists were sold anonymously as part of a special event held at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) on 3 July. Over £23000 was raised for the RWA.
Thanks to the generosity of some of the country’s leading artists, our Secret Postcard Auction raised a staggering £23000 in a special event held here on 3 July. The RWA were delighted to have had over 180 small-scale artworks donated by artists such as Turner Prize winning and shortlisted artists Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Alison Wilding. The secret element was that the identity of who did which work remained unknown until after all the bids had been taken; bidders didn’t know for certain whose work they were buying until after they had paid for it.
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The highlight of the event was the live auction which saw 15 lots auctioned by Bristol auctioneer Andrew Morgan of Hollis Morgan Property Auction. The lots included pieces by Grayson Perry and Tracy Emin alongside works by the Royal West of England Academy’s own Academicians, and other leading artists such as Aardman’s Peter Lord. During the live bidding the drama was heightened through bidding wars which saw lots reach £2900 for what is now known to be a Damien Hirst.
The postcards had been on display at the gallery’s Queens Road location, prior to the live event, where visitors and potential collectors could view the items and place their silent bids. All the works started at a price of £40 and there was no set brief for submissions work varied from paintings, drawings and even sculpture provided they measured 14 x 19 cm (5½” x 7½”).