|Julia by Joseph Wright. Photo Credit: Sotheby's|
Well I have just heard from the United Society last night of the staggering success of the auction. The painting sold for £665,000. Once commission and the buyer’s premium have been deducted, around £550,000 will be realised and applied to the refugee appeal! The auction took a mere 2 minutes and 7 seconds, according to Janette O’Neill, the General Secretary and CEO of United Society.
This now means that we are in a position to prepare better for a longer-term strategic response to this crisis, which will continue for some years.
Janette summed up our response in these words which echoes our gratitude for this extraordinary gift: "We give heartfelt thanks to the vision and compassion of the donor and his family, cheerful thanks to the purchaser, and pray for the wisdom and creativity to bring about good outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people on this globe".
The United Society appeal for refugees in Europe is here.