Not Just Another Day for hospital

Painter Jack Vettriano has donated one of his works Just Another Day – a portrait of a woman with Battersea Power Station in the background, which will go under the hammer as part of a drive to raise £100,000 for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. Other artists who have given pieces to the auction include Royal Academicians Ken Howard, Mick Rooney and Eileen Cooper.

The auction and a champagne party will take place on Thursday 9 October at the hospital

Banksy says 200 fakes have been sold

Artist Banksy has issued a statement that over 200 art works supposedly by him are in fact fakes .Pest Control, the association set up by Banksy, said 89 street pieces and 137 screen prints have been falsely attributed to him. Pest Control does not authenticate street pieces because Banksy prefers street work to remain in situ and building owners tend to become irate when their doors go missing because of a stencil. Banksy has a casual attitude to copyright and encourages the reproduction of his work for your own personal amusement, so it’s with regret that he finds himself having to deem pieces either ‘real’ or ‘fake’. He would encourage anyone wanting to purchase one of his images to do so with extreme caution, but does point out that many copies are superior in quality to the originals.

A new auction of work by Banksy takes place tomorrow . The artist has not authenticated the pieces but the auctioneers, Lyon & Turnbull, insist that they are genuine.

They include Refuse Rat, which is expected to fetch £20,000, and Fungle Junk (£150,000), consisting of three panels painted on to the side of a trailer at a festival in Cornwall in 1999.

A spokesman for the auctioneers said: “Banksy hasn’t said they are fake.
I don’t know why he’s not authenticated them…

Jack Vettriano starts his own fan club

Controversial artist Jack Vettriano has stirred up more criticism with his intention to start his own fan club for lovers of his work . In the past Jack Vettriano Jack Vettriano his been shunned by the major galleries and panned by the critics . Not that it ever dented his sales . His Singing Butler image has sold in millions since it was first published . Reaction to the move has been mixed . Some gallery owners have labelled the project “a shameless act of vanity” and an “undignified stunt”.

The Singing Butler creator has revealed that he is looking to create a group for his fans. It states: “We will soon be launching an online Private Members’ Club. Membership to the Club will include a number of benefits.”

Those joining the organisation will receive £100 in gift vouchers, exclusive chances to buy paintings, and priority booking for events where Vettriano will appear.”

Those who are interested in joining the club are invited to submit their information.

Vettriano’s spokeswoman Isobel Delacroix said: “Unfortunately, we are not yet ready to release further information.”

Vettriano released his most popular set of silkscreens 4 years ago . A set of 8 silkscreens included Along Came a Spider , the Game of Life and Parlour of Temptation .
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Damien Hirst sale beats the credit crunch

Damien Hirst’s new auction of art works has broken all the estimates to bring in a record total of £70.5m ($125m), with still more works for sale.Hirst has proved that the credit crunch has had no effect at the top end of the art market . His auction has caused a feeding frenzy amongst dealers and collectors .
The British artist has used the auction house Sotheby’s instead of the traditional art dealer.
It is the first time an artist has sold a substantial body of work this way.
Sotheby’s say the sale has set a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist.
The works for sale include The Golden Calf – a bull in a tank of formaldehyde, with its head crowned by a gold disc – which sold for £9.2m ($16.5m).

The extraordinary body of new work to be showcased at Sotheby’s is among his best yet.The Kingdom – a tiger shark also in formaldehyde – which sold for £9.6m ($17.2m). It had been estimated at about half that price.
The Black Sheep with the Golden Horn, another animal in formaldehyde, sold for £2.6m, within its £2-3m estimate.
The auction, entitled Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, was the first of three that will sell a total of 223 art works by Mr Hirst.
The second and third sessions are due to take place on Tuesday.
Mr Hirst has called the auction a “mini retrospective” and “probably the most amazing show I’ve put on”.
It has been called a landmark sale , but that the artist says galleries can be snobby and elitist.
A spokesman for the auction house Sotheby’s said: “The extraordinary body of new work to be showcased at Sotheby’s is among his best yet – ambitious, exquisite and incredibly powerful.”

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