Annie Morris’s sculpture, Stack 7, Ultramarine Blue, was among the works for sale at the Art for Grenfell auction. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters.

Charity Auction for Survivors of Grenfell Fire Raises $2.5 Million

Works by artists such as Antony Gormley, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Tracey Emin that were sold at auction raised $2.5 million for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire––which occurred on June 14, 2017, and took the lives of at least eighty people, including artist Khadija Saye––according to a report by Anna Codrea-Rado of the New York Times. The money collected by the Art for Grenfell auction, which took place at the Sotheby’s auction house in central London on October 16, will be divided between the 158 families who lived through the fire. Most of the survivors, still without a permanent place to live, are waiting for new homes and living in hotels.

“The Grenfell disaster has had a profound effect on all of us. We are very glad to be able to do something to help provide support to the victims,” said Harry Dalmeny, the Sotheby’s UK chairman. The idea for the sale came from Katie Heller, an art consultant, and Hamish McAlpine, a film producer. “When Grenfell happened, like everyone, I was totally incensed and upset and wanted to be able to do something,” said Heller. “We asked the families what they really needed and it was financial support.”