Sir Peter Blake stars at £35k charity teddy auction

Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Marchesa and '60s catwalk icon Twiggy starred in Living Paintings' charity auction of celebrity-designed teddy bears, on February 25.

All 20 bears were sold, with the highest price of the night realised by Peter Bear - the contribution of the renowned pop artist Sir Peter Blake, which brought £3,400.

Sir Peter and his wife Chrissy were in the audience to watch the sale.

Hosted by BBC Radio 6 presenter Lauren Laverne, the sale raised around £35,000 from ticket sales, donations, the raffle and the auction itself.

'Peter Bear' was the top lot, selling for £3,400

"It was brilliant fun, and very exciting," event organiser Esther Graham told Paul Fraser Collectibles.

"The 20 teddy bears dressed by 20 celebrities were paraded down a catwalk by volunteer models... and generated lots of keen bidding!

"It was a fabulous evening during which the work of Living Paintings was showcased at its very best," she said.

Living Paintings is a UK-based charity for blind children and adults.

Sir Peter and his wife Chrissy were
at the sale

It also transpires that the sale featured an Oscar-winning designer among its ranks... sort of.

Marchesa designed the dress worn by Sandra Bullock to accept her Academy Award for Best Leading Actress, earlier this week.

A number of Bullock's outfits worn for her award-winning performance in film The Blind Side will auction alongside Elvis Presley in Premiere Props' Extravaganza Auction, this Saturday (March 13).

Meanwhile, in other Sir Peter Blake news, the artist - known as the Godfather of Pop Art - is currently showing a great exhibition in Paul Fraser Collectibles' home city of Bristol, continuing until March 27.

Blake is perhaps most famous for designing the front cover for The Beatles' 1967 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.

The cover also happens to feature one of the most valuable pieces of music memorabilia in today's global market.


Images: by Jasper Dalgliesh, courtesy of Living Paintings

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