Last bids

eBay has already helped to raise more than £34m for over 6,000 charitable organisations around the world. Our Face Britain campaign is the perfect opportunity for Children & the Arts to harness the power of the online auction site – and the bids have been pouring in. Meanwhile, a more traditional auction at Christie’s has raised almost £90,000.

With just three days until the Face Britain eBay auction closes (Sunday afternoon), the competition is increasing to win an original piece of Sir Michael Caine, Adele, Cliff Richard or Amanda Holden artwork, among others.

At time of writing, the bids for Gromit’s fabulous close-up (ably assisted by Nick Park) stood at £1,725. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s colourful self-portrait was at £1,330. Elsewhere in the collection of 46 celebrity self-portraits, Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Fearne Cotton’s expertly painted self-portrait (see above) had attracted the most bids, 70, and stood at £995.

We know that many eBay users wait until the last moment to place their bids, so it won’t be a surprise if these figures continue to rise. However, Children & the Arts is already delighted with the interest shown in the eBay auction, which is a fitting send-off for Face Britain and invaluable source of fundraising.

“This is a first for us as a charity and we are thrilled with the public response so far,” says Rebecca Darke, Senior Development Manager at Children & the Arts. “eBay for Charity is an excellent way to raise vital funds for our mission of increasing access to and participation in the arts for disadvantaged children around the UK.”

Face Britain gala dinner and auction

While the eBay auction is still open, the hammer has come down on a very special, more traditional auction, held at the esteemed Christie’s auction house this Wednesday.

We were thrilled to have received a number of self-portraits for Face Britain from many world famous artists, including Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Ryan Gander, Maggi Hambling, Colin Self, Angela de la Cruz and Mary McCartney.

Featuring a special performance by Tim Minchin, comedian and composer of hit musical and recent Olivier Award winner ‘Matilda the Musical’, the gala dinner and auction proved a great success. In total, the artists’ self-portraits raised almost £90,000 for the charity. The most expensive piece was a self-portrait by Tracey Emin, which sold for £9,000.

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