On Tuesday 13 December at 2.30pm over 40 original illustrations by leading artists, designers, and musicians ( including Quentin Blake, Brian Eno, Lauren Child, Eric Clapton, Oliver Jeffers, Emma Chichester Clark, David Shrigley, Peter Brooks, Chris Riddell, Peter Blake, Paul Smith, and Margaret Howell) will be sold at Sotheby’s London to support House of Illustration.
The original artworks offered for sale fall into a number of different sections including “What Are You Like?” (autobiographical drawings by leading cultural figures) from a 2008 exhibition of the same name created specially for House of Illustration; Quentin Blake’s three illustrations of Sophie and the BFG at St Pancras International station from summer 2016; and five original drawings of Enid Blyton's Famous Five series commissioned to celebrate the series’ 70th anniversary in 2012, including Quentin's drawing for the cover of 'Five on a Treasure Island'. There is also a Dr Who Daleks shooting script with an illustrated title page by Dr Who himself, Peter Capaldi - all unique and very collectible works.
All the artworks have been on public display at Sotheby’s (34-35 Bond St W1A 2AA) from Friday 9 December - Monday 12 December. During Tuesday's auction you can bid in person, by phone or online or place a bid at Sotheby's before the sale.
Fundraising events like these are very important for House of Illustration: it is a charity and receives no public funding. They need to raise a substantial amount of money each year to fund their illustrator-led learning work with 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.
View Sotheby's online catalogue to see the works: the House of Illustration lots are numbers 233-263 (page 120), lots 287-298 (page 141), lot 302 (page 145) and lot 309 (page 148).