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Haworth Tompkins’ RCA campus scheme wins funding boost

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[FIRST LOOK] Haworth Tompkins’ project to build a new £37 million Royal College of Art (RCA) campus in south London has received a funding boost following an auction of art

Close to £226,000 was raised in the sale at Christie’s which featured the work of David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego, Bridget Riley and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

The college needs to raise just under £12 million to finish the Haworth Tompkins-designed project, which it aims to complete in 2014. The first phase, the practice’s Sackler Building, opened in November 2009.

Paul Thompson, RCA rector, said: ‘We are delighted with the amount realised from the auction.

‘This means we are even closer to completing the final phase of the Battersea campus which will provide much-needed space and facilities for a new generation of artists and designers. Christie’s support and help with the auction has been invaluable.’

The scheme’s second phase – called the Dyson Building – is already on site and scheduled to complete in 2012. It will house the printmaking and photography departments, a gallery, conference spaces, a lecture theatre and incubator units.

The final phase, due to be finished in around four years, will accommodate the ceramics and glass, goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery departments.

Works sold at the auction

Sold: David Hockney – Saturday Rain II

Sold: David Hockney – Saturday Rain II


David Hockney – Saturday Rain II – watercolour on two sheets of paper
Estimate: £100,000-150,000. Sold: £105,000

Sold: Don Brown – Yoko XXXI (Rose version)

Sold: Don Brown – Yoko XXXI (Rose version)

Don Brown – Yoko XXXI (Rose version) – acrylic and gesso sculpture
Estimate: £8,000-12,000. Sold: £22,000

Bridget Riley – Untitled (Fragment 3) – screenprint on Plexiglas
Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Sold: £20,000

Sold: Tracey Emin – More Love

Sold: Tracey Emin – More Love


Tracey Emin – More Love – white neon
Estimate: £15,000-20,000. Sold: £16,000

Sold: Ron Arad – Fantastic Plastic Elastic Chairs

Sold: Ron Arad – Fantastic Plastic Elastic Chairs


Ron Arad – Fantastic Plastic Elastic Chairs – two moulded plastic chairs with oil, ink and stitching
Estimate: £3,000-4,000. Sold: £16,000

Chantal Joffe – Augusta and Nina – oil on canvas
Estimate: £4,000-6,000. Sold: £6,750

Frank Auerbach – David Landau – etching on paper
Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Sold: £6,500

Nigel Cooke – Down on the Farm – oil on paper
Estimate: £4,000-6,000. Sold: £6,500

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