Our fundraising auction at Sotheby's London

An auction of wonderful original artwork to raise funds for House of Illustration


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On Tuesday 13 December at 2.30pm over 40 original illustrations by leading artists, designers, and musicians will be sold at Sotheby’s London to support the creative and learning work we do at House of Illustration.

The artworks offered for sale fall into a number of different sections including “What Are You Like?” (autobiographical drawings by leading cultural figures), Quentin Blake’s illustrations of Sophie and the BFG at St Pancras International station, and original drawings of the Famous Five commissioned to celebrate the series’ 70th anniversary.

Artists include Quentin Blake, Brian Eno, Lauren Child, Eric Clapton, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell, Emma Chichester Clark, Peter Capaldi, David Shrigley, Peter Brooks, Peter Blake, Paul Smith, and Margaret Howell.

The artworks will all be on public display at Sotheby’s London (34-35 Bond St W1A 2AA) from Friday 9 December (9am - 4.30pm), Saturday (12-5pm), Sunday (12-5pm) and Monday 12 December (9am - 7pm).

During Tuesday's auction you can bid in person, by phone or online or place a bid at Sotheby's before the sale.

Click here to view the House of Illustration lots in the Sotheby’s online catalogue or download a pdf of the House of Illustration lots or the entire catalogue at the bottom of this page.

We are extraordinarily grateful to the artists involved who have donated their fantastic illustrations to support our work. Fundraising events like these are very important for us: House of Illustration is a charity and receives no public funding. We need to raise a substantial amount of money each year to put on our exhibitions; to fund our illustrator-led learning programme for schools, teachers, families, students and enthusiasts of all ages; to identify and promote new illustration talent; and to commission new illustration artwork for public display.

Do get in touch with us if you would like more information on any of the lots  by calling 020 3696 2022 and please help us by sharing widely with anyone who may be interested in these unique and very collectible works. To read about the auction in the Guardian click here.