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Charity auction of architects’ artworks raises more than £100,000

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Artworks by artists and architects including Renzo Piano, Ivan Harbour, Eva Jiřičná and Will Alsop raised more than £100,000 at Article 25’s recent charity auction

The highest bid at the 10x10 Drawing the City London auction was for a watercolour by Antony Gormley, which was bought by Chris Wilkinson, director of Wilkinson Eyre, for £6,500. This was followed by a chess set by artist Karl Singporewala, whose pieces represented iconic London buildings, which sold for £6,000.

A model of RSHP’s Leadenhall Building signed by Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour sold for £2,800 as did a signed print of the Shard by its architect Renzo Piano, while an etching by Tim Gledstone of Squire and Partners sold for £2,500.

Model of RSHP's Leadenhall Building. Image: Article 25

Model of RSHP’s Leadenhall Building. Image: Article 25

Other architects who created works for the annual event include: Angela Brady; Peter Murray; Rab Bennetts; Sam Jacob; Ian Ritchie; and Sunand Prasad.

The annual 10x10 Drawing the City London event sees an area of London divided into a grid of 100 squares, with each being given to a leading artist or architect as inspiration for an artwork which is then auctioned for development charity Article 25.

Now in its fourth year, the event has previously focused on London’s West End, the City of London and the East End, and this year takes the Stirling Prize-nominated Shard as its centre point.

Last year the event raised £90,000 for Article 25 to design and build centres for street children in countries across Africa, while the money raised this year will support healthcare projects in the developing world.

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