The ninth annual Postgraduate Art Auction held last Thursday was a great success, with record attendance and record student sales.
With our new auctioneer Tom Eddison in fine form, excitement mounted as each lot in the live auction was sold.
Among the internationally acclaimed artists who donated work to the auction were previous Turner Prize winners and Central Saint Martins alumni, Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry and Laure Prouvost, as well as shortlisters Peter Doig and Isaac Julien. Nicole Wemers, who is on the 2015 shortlist, also donated a piece of work.
For the finale, the final 15 minutes hosted a silent auction including 70 pieces of postgraduate student work. The bidding was fast and furious, competition between bidders producing a record number of bids. All the work sold on the night, including original drawings, prints, paintings of extremely high quality – may be early work of the next Turner Prize nominee.
Grayson Perry’s 2013 etching Island of Bad Art sold for £5,100, while Antony Gormley’s WAIT II raised £5,000. The overall figure for the auction was £31,000.
The students involved raised money for their MA Interim Show and Degree Show 2016. The funds will also go towards the accompanying catalogues and websites. Their Degree Show will take place from 25-29 May, another chance to see great work from the students involved in our auction.
Thank you to all the attendees on the night who enjoyed the spectacle and a glass of Prosecco. We look forward to welcoming you to the Degree Show in May 2016.
Take a look at some photos from the evening below.