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The bids are in: Postcard Auction busts records raising £8,750

Posted on 9 September 2013

Over one hundred people crowded into the Harbour Arm Gallery on sunny Margate seafront this Saturday.

They were gathered for Pilgrims Hospices third Postcard Auction, to bid on postcard-sized artwork donated by celebrities, local artists, patients and supporters of the charity.

There was a buzz in the room, with a record number of celebrity contributors this year including Barbara Windsor, Joe Pasquale, Michael Aspel, Bradley Walsh, Jo Brand and Quentin Blake. Mo Farah and Simon Cowell also donated autographed pieces.

The postcards were anonymous at the point of bidding, but some well known styles stood out and attracted impressively high bids, with £8,600 raised overall, busting previous years’ records.

All eyes were on the five pieces from homegrown Margate artist Tracey Emin, a regular contributor to the event.

“The Postcard Auction has gone from strength to strength this year, we have been overwhelmed by all the interest and had some very big bids on the celebrity pieces, with over £2,700 pledged for one of the Emins and £1,100 on the Quentin Blakes,” said organiser Karen Kenward, Regional Fundraising Manager for Pilgrims Hospices Thanet.

Among the crowd were friends Marion Armstrong and Janet Webzell, local artists from Cliftonville and supporters of the event and Pilgrims Hospices. Said Janet: “This is our second year at the auction and Marion contributed a postcard for sale. It’s a great event for a good cause, we like to do what we can to help.”

Over 100 of the postcards have now been sold, and the remainder are on sale from Pilgrims Hospices for a minimum donation of £10.

Added Karen: “Thank you to everyone who helped throughout the week and on the day, contributed artwork, and attended the event and those who made bids – and especially to our star auctioneers Jane Wenham Jones and Frank Thorley. Thanks also to Fiona Sherriff of Harbour Arm Gallery for supporting our charity again for the third year running. It’s thanks to this level of community support that we can continue providing care to local people across east Kent free of charge.”

The full gallery is available to view here.

* Please click here for the Postcard Auction sales listing 2013.


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