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Charity Article 25 raises £77,000 in auction of leading architects' work

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An auction of work by top architects, designers and artists – including Charles Holland, Eva Jiricna, Zaha Hadid Architects and Will Alsop – has raised £77,218 in aid of humanitarian architecture charity Article 25

For the third year running, Antony Gormley’s work received the highest bid, fetching £7,000, while artists Jock McFadyen and James Hart Dyke attracted the second and third highest bids, of £6,400 and £2,500 respectively. 

Overall, including sponsorship and donations, the event raised more than £125,000 – more than double the £51,000 made the previous year. 

A live auction made £37,300, with an additional £39,918 raised from a silent auction. The event took place at the RIBA’s HQ in Portland Place last week and was hosted by BBC radio broadcaster Robert Elms. More than 100 artworks were auctioned. 

Billed as the charity’s ‘main fundraising event’, the auction involves a 10 x10 grid being laid over an area of London, with each participant allocated one of the 100 squares within it. The architect or designer then creates an artwork for the fundraiser, inspired by the buildings and public space within their square. 

This year the grid was set out in Brixton, south London, and focused on the area’s cultural diversity. 

Article 25’s managing director Peter Williams said: ‘This year has been significant for Article 25. We became the world’s largest architectural aid charity and celebrated our 10th birthday.

‘During those 10 years, we have worked on over 80 projects in more than 30 countries, making a difference to the lives of more than one million people.’ 

Other architects, designers and artists taking part in the event included Richard Meier, Rafael Viñoly, Wolfgang Buttress, Peter Murray, Sam Jacob, Purcell, Tom Hunter and Antoni Malinowski.

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