Bentley Sells Art to Help Cancer Centre
A highly unusual charity auction at Bonhams is offering artwork by the men and women of the Bentley styling and design team. The aim is to raise money for The Christie, a cancer hospital in Manchester that treats 40,000 patients a year.
The varied collection ranges from sculptures in bronze and set in wood, to metal and leather, to Perspex, to palette knife and brush paintings on canvas, as well as digital art and photography – all of it illustrating the vibrant imagination of the individuals behind the design of Bentley cars.
A total of 22 designers have been involved in the project, including digital designers and clay modellers. “The team worked up some early ideas on sketches and pen and paper but everything else is all done on a computer,” says head designer Dirk van Braeckel. “There has been a tremendous response from all the team from the day the idea was born. People have been doing additional work – after originally saying they would do one piece, they want to add more work.”
The idea originated with Richard Gilmartin, whose mother died of cancer and who has been raising money for The Christie since 2001. Ten of the pieces for sale were on display at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Bidding on all 40 pieces is already open at the Bentley website www.bentleydesignpassion.com. Online bidding ends at midday on December 1, the day of the live auction at Bonhams, when the highest bids will be transferred to the auction room. The auction is an invitation-only evening event for 300 guests, taking place from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday December 1 at Bonhams in Bond Street, London. The sale will be conducted by James Knight, international managing director of Collectors Cars at Bonhams.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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