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(Photos by RP Photography Solutions and video by Clive Turner)
The Sports Hall was prepared with a handsome stage, podium and sound system for Charlie. The paintings were queued up beside the stage in Lot order. The displays for the charities, the college and Elaine, the artist's daughter, were put out and the porters, door helpers, packers and Last Try Wine's bar were in place.
At about 6.30pm, BBC Celebrity Charlie Ross arrived (from an afternoon auction) and immediately endeared himself with warm welcomes and wise words!
The audience were arriving and collecting their bid cards and auction catalogues.
Finally, it was time to begin!
Here Charlie is trying to encourage two female bidders to bid for this nude male, pastel life drawing, by running between them and showing them the picture close up! This painting was raising money for SWLEN (the South West London Environmental Network, based at the ETNA Centre, in East Twickenham.
Other antics Charlie got up to were buying a beer (running out to the "Last Try Wines" Bar, in the lobby, and back during the bidding) for a flagging bidder, to make him bid a little further!
See what he does in "Part 2" of the video, on the podium, at the end!
The paintings all sold and with Charlie's help, raised over £1400 for charity! Have a look at the art catalogue to see how the individual paintings fared.
Here it is, featuring an introduction by the artist's daughter, Elaine, an introduction to some of the local charities benefitting from the sale of one of the paintings, footage from the exhibition weekend at Orleans House and the Richmond Mayor, David Linnette's speech.
Exhibition May 12th - 14th
The Exhibition went very well. You can read about it in detail, with photos and videos here.
The Auction Lot Table & Catalogue can now be viewed on the "Auction" page here.
Entry to the auction is going to be £3 (buyable online or on the door). Don't forget to view the paintings "in the flesh" at the Exhibition, at Orleans House, on Saturday May 13th or Sunday May 14th. This will be the only chance to view them altogether since revealing them and before they are sold!
Visit to Nepalese Embassy - March 15th
The artist's daughter, Elaine Samuels, as organiser of the "Extraordinary Charity Art Auction", was invited to an exclusive preview evening of a fabulous Exhibition by celebrated artist, Stephen King. Stephen has painted a marvellous collection of work featuring the mountains of Nepal, which is well worth a visit (both the exhibition and Nepal, by all accounts)! Having been invited, and armed with flyers for the "Extraordinary Charity Art Auction" (in a slightly larger than A5 sized and newly acquired handbag) Elaine was, as well as seeing the wonderful paintings and meeting some interesting people, hoping to be able to "spread the word" about the Desmond Jones Art and events. Read more to see how she got on...
Film About the Project
A short documentary film is being planned, with footage from the exhibition and about some of the work of the local charities, which is going to be very exciting.
Once in a Lifetime Exhibition - May 12th - 14th
The remaining collection of Desmond Jones Artworks are to be exhibited, prior to auction, at Orleans House, in the Coach House, from Friday 12th May - Sunday 14th May. Find out more
Special Auction Coming - Friday, June 9th 2017
Many of the Desmond Jones collection of paintings are to be auctioned at a special event in Richmond in 2017. Over 30 local or connected charities are set to be involved in choosing a painting from which to receive a % of the money raised from the sale of their chosen painting! We have a celebrity BBC auctioneer taking it too! It is going to be an extraordinary event!
More details about this event are being posted on a special page about the auction, as it evolves. Click on the link to take a look...
See RP Photography Solution's images of the event
Read the full article on the Richmond upon Thames College web site.
Full Catalogue of Art with Upgraded Photos
Following advice from art experts, the complete collection of Desmond Jones' artwork has been valued and a full catalogue compiled. New, higher quality images of the artwork have also been taken and uploaded. A "shop" is also being set up, whereby prints of Desmond Jones' paintings can also be purchased.