Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Britain’s best-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake supports charity auction
LONDON.- Tonight at Sotheby’s London, in an auction supported by Britain’s best-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake, House of Illustration raised £68,750 in its “What are they Like?” celebrity auction. The organisation which champions Britain’s most accessible art form, offered 16 illustrations by some of today’s best-known illustrators, each depicting a celebrity’s eight favourite things. The animated sale, taken by Sotheby’s UK Chairman Harry Dalmeny, was attended by leading names such as Sheila Hancock, David Walliams and Sir Christopher Frayling. This evening’s top lot (below) was Paula Rego’s depiction of Ruby Wax – who revealed a love of The Beatles, her gym-shoes and frozen yoghurt – which was snapped up after a show of bidding brinkmanship for £10,000 by the actress Sheila Hancock.
While the auction was taking place, Quentin Blake recorded events in the form of a delightful sketch, which was sold as the climax of the evening for £8,500.