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London Art Auction for Grenfell Fire Survivors Raises $2.5 Million

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“Stack 7, Ultramarine Blue” by Annie Morris was among the works sold at a charity auction for the survivors of the London Grenfell Tower fire, at Sotheby’s in London on Oct. 16.

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LONDON — An auction of artwork by some of Britain’s leading contemporary artists raised 1.9 million pounds, or about $2.5 million, for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Art for Grenfell auction, hosted by Sotheby’s in central London on Monday, included works donated by Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Wolfgang Tillmans. The proceeds from the sale, which doubled its pre-auction estimate of £700,000 to £1 million, will be divided up equally among the 158 families who survived the fire.

Sotheby’s UK chairman, Harry Dalmeny, who was the auctioneer for the sale, said in a statement beforehand: “The Grenfell disaster has had a profound effect on all of us. We are very glad to be able to do something to help provide support to the victims.”

The idea was initiated by the curator and art consultant Katie Heller and the film producer Hamish McAlpine. All of the lots were sold, in what is known as “a white glove sale.”.

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Wolfgang Tillmans’s ”Freischwimmer 193” fetched the highest price in the sale. It went for around $500,000.

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“When Grenfell happened, like everyone, I was totally incensed and upset and wanted to be able to do something,” Ms. Heller said in a telephone interview. “The best way I could personally help was to put together a charity auction.”

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