The RA Now auction and exhibition has successfully auctioned off the works of 40 Royal Academicians and a number of international Honorary Royal Academicians who have donated significant pieces to the show. Highlights of the sale include Grayson Perry’s unusual pot titled, ‘Bad Portraits of Establishment Figures, 2012 ‘ which sold for £150,000, Allen Jones sculpture Enchanteresse, 2007 – sold for £60,000 Tony Cragg It Is, it Isn’t, 2011 – sold for £105,000 David Hockney Autumn Leaves, 2008 –sold for £20,000 and Tony Cragg ‘It Is, it Isn’t’, 2011 – sold for £105,000. The second part of the auction is currently running and is available for viewing and bidding online or in the gallery.
The RA have stated that this is; “An exciting opportunity to view the rich diversity of the work of and artistic disciplines, providing a snapshot of the Royal Academy today. The event was Co-ordinated by Allen Jones RA, the exhibition is held in the galleries at 6 Burlington Gardens. Lord Poltimore of Sotheby’s was at the podium and the remaining works will be available to purchase throughout the run of the exhibition. This is the first time in which the Royal Academicians have exhibited exclusively together”.
Eighty Royal Academicians of them eminent practising artists or architects are included in the sale. The membership also includes Senior Royal Academicians (those over the age of seventy-five) and Honorary Royal Academicians, who are elected by the Royal Academy’s General Assembly. RA Now includes work by 121 Academicians including Tracey Emin, Norman Foster, Antony Gormley, David Hockney, Allen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Christopher Le Brun, Richard Long, Jenny Saville and Richard Rogers. International Honorary Royal Academicians showing work include Frank Gehry, Anselm Kiefer, Mimmo Paladino and Ed Ruscha.
Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, said, “This is a unique opportunity to view and buy significant works donated by renowned artists. The money raised from the auction and sale of these works will go towards the Burlington Project, the Royal Academy’s most important development since its move to Burlington House in 1868. The Burlington Project’s aim is to make the Academy the leading international centre for visual culture for the twenty-first century, offering an independent voice for art and artists. The participation of the Royal Academicians in RA Now shows the depth of their support for this project.”