Quentin's works for Comic Relief to go on sale at Christie's

Friday 8th July 2022

Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts auction on 13 July will present a collection of 15 drawings by Quentin Blake, sold to benefit Comic Relief.

The set includes 10 large original illustrations completed for the virtual production of Beauty and the Beast: A Pantomime for Comic Relief, which aired on BBC Two at Christmas 2021.  They are joined by a further 5 drawings, including designs for  Red Nose Day tote bags, which Quentin drew specially for the charity on a 'red nose' theme.  Estimates for the artworks range from £600 - £3,000.

The illustrations will be on view and open to the public at Christie’s London from 9 to 12 July, with the live auction taking place there on 13 July.  Money raised through the auction will help Comic Relief support vital life changing work, tackling issues including homelessness, domestic abuse, poverty and mental health problems in the UK and around the world. Sophie Hopkins, Specialist, Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts said: “We are thrilled to present collectors with 15 new illustrations by one of Britain's best-loved illustrators, sold to benefit Comic Relief. The works include newly-imagined scenes from a literary classic, Beauty and the Beast, alongside one-of-a-kind designs sure to appeal to all Quentin Blake enthusiasts.”

Samir Patel, CEO, Comic Relief, commented: “This truly special collection of drawings are filled with Sir Quentin’s unmistakable charm, wit, and playfulness that we’ve all become so familiar with over the years. We’re incredibly grateful to have this fantastic opportunity to work with both Quentin and Christie’s to raise money to help people struggling in the UK and around the world.”

Take a look at www.christies.com to find out more, and to register to bid ahead of the sale.  The live sale (part of the Valuable Books and Manuscripts auction) opens at 10.30am BST on 13 July.