May 25, 2011
We are thrilled to announce that our May 22nd art auction with Sotheby’s at the Kistefos Museum outside Oslo, Norway raised NOK 4.2 million (£ 467,000) to improve the lives of people in Africa with access to clean water!
The Just Around the Corner Art Auction shattered an outrageous number of records. It was the most successful charity art auction ever to be held in Norway, and marked Sotheby’s first in the country. Kistefos Museum witnessed unprecedented crowds with over 2,200 attendees. Among the international artists who achieved record prices were Tony Cragg (NOK 850,000), Marc Quinn (NOK 360,000), Darren Almond (NOK 150,000), Olav Christopher Jenssen (NOK 290,000), Kjell Erik Killi Olsen (NOK 160,000), Mikkel McAlinden (NOK 130,000), Bjarne Melgaard (NOK 170,000) and Candida Höfer (NOK 350,000).
Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Lord Poltimore auctioned the 52 lots donated by artists, galleries, and collectors from around the world. Proceeds will go towards water projects in Kenya and supporting the charitable activities of the Voss Foundation and Milgis Trust.
“This triumph is a result of global collaboration between artists, collectors and galleries lasting over a year, exceeding all of our expectations. By combining our efforts, we found that we could achieve what was believed to be unattainable. We learned that no challenge – not even the water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa– is insurmountable,” said Knut Brundtland, Founder and President of Voss Foundation. Christen Sveaas, Founder, Board member, and sponsor of Kistefos Museum, congratulated the Voss Foundation on an outstanding accomplishment to provide much-needed aid to the people of Africa.
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