Christie’s hosted a special auction today in support of the £2.8 million needed to create the Gallery at Goldsmiths, as part of the Day Sale. Works from Goldsmiths’ illustrious alumni including Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steve McQueen donated works in aid of raising money to build a new public gallery at Goldsmiths, University of London, a leading centre for teaching and research in the visual arts in the UK, realised a total of £1,442,625 / $2,198,561 / €1,937,445.
Highlights include Damien Hirst’s Ipratropium Bromide, 2004-2011 which sold for £542,500 / $826,770 / €728,578 (estimate: £250,000-350,000), Sarah Lucas’ Nahuiolin, 2013 realised £266,500 / $406,146 / €357,910 (estimate: £120,000-180,000) and Anthony Gormley’s Another Time XX, 2013 which sold for £194,500 / $296,418 / €261,214 (estimate: £120,000-180,000)
The new gallery will offer a unique, research-driven programme of exhibitions, projects and residencies which will reflect the dynamic culture of making and researching visual art at Goldsmiths by acting as a laboratory, generating new art works, new exhibitions and new research projects that have international recognition and significance.
Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art at Goldsmiths: Through the overwhelming generosity of our illustrious alumni, Christie’s have achieved an incredible £1.4 million that will help us to create a new centre for contemporary art in south London. The Gallery’s future programme will reflect the dynamic cultural activity and legacy of Goldsmiths and will benefit a diverse audience including Goldsmiths students, local residents and the international art world. We are eternally grateful to all of the artists and collectors who contributed to the auction, and to Christie’s for their ongoing support.