Grenfell Tower art auction raises £2m

An art auction has raised £1.9m ($2.5m) for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Thirty-one works by leading names such as Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin and Mark Wallinger sold at Sotheby's in London on Monday October 16.

Grenfell Tower

Wolfgang Tillmans' Freischwimmer 193 was the top lot at £392,750

Wolfgang Tillmans' Freischwimmer 193 was the most valuable lot – the monumental green work making £392,750 ($522,000).

Gormley's Small Change was also among the standout pieces, achieving £344,750 ($458,000).

The funds will now be distributed to the 158 families who survived the tragedy by the Rugby Portobello Trust, a charity based in North Kensington, where Grenfell Tower stands.

Art consultant Katie Heller and film producer Hamish McAlpine organised the auction, using their influence to ensure works of top quality were consigned.

"Grenfell Tower stands as a reminder of the terrible failure of society to look after its poorest people," said the pair in a joint statement.

"No one should have had to suffer the trauma that these people have endured.

"It is only right that we should do all we can to help in any way that we can and the artists have responded with immense generosity and goodwill.”

Antony Gormley Small Change

Antony Gormley's Small Change made £344,750

CEO of the Rugby Portobello Trust, Mark Simms, commented: "The Rugby Portobello Trust has pledged to support everyone who survived this disaster and to ensure all Grenfell residents receive the support they need.

"The monies raised by this auction will be delivered, in their entirety, directly to the former residents".

Around 80 people lost their lives in the fire in June.

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