Under the slogan “Beirut with Love,” the auction house “Sotheby’s” is organizing a charity auction, during the month of December, in cooperation with “Creatives for Lebanon” and “Art for Beirut”, two non-profit organizations established by the Lebanese diaspora in the wake of the tragic explosion. Which shook Beirut on 4 August, to provide relief to the affected people of Beirut, according to the official website of the Sotheby’s auction house.
Sotheby’s is partnering with Creatives For Lebanon & @artforbeirut – two organisations created in the wake of the tragic blast – to raise funds for the people of Beirut.
#ToBeirutWithLove comprises handpicked donations from leading artists & designers
From the dress Egyptian show star Sherihan wore in Ramadan Fawazir, to the dress American actress Emma Stone wore at the Oscars, the charity auction includes a carefully selected collection of donations from the most famous contemporary artists, fashion designers, and jewelry designers, according to the official website of Sotheby’s. .
The auction, which will be held in London, is scheduled to open on December 7, 2020 and will continue until the 15th of the same month.
Five Lebanese charities, established in the wake of the Beirut explosion, will share the proceeds of the auction, which will be distributed to those most affected and in need, in addition to supporting local companies.
Selected charities include “Nusaned”, “Beit Al Baraka” and “Our Home is Your Home”, which focus on sheltering displaced families and rehabilitating damaged residential homes.
It also includes “Fanar”, a charitable organization that provides support to social entrepreneurs and small businesses, as well as the “House of Christmas” association, which contributes to the preservation of ancient buildings.
Sherihan donated, at the charity auction, a silk dress embroidered with long sleeves, pleats and an extended tail designed by Saudi fashion designer Adnan Akbar. Sherihan had worn the dress during the Ramadan Fawazir, “One Thousand and One Nights” series in 1987, according to the Sotheby’s auction site.
According to what was reported on the Sotheby’s auction site, it took 7 months to work on a Sherihan dress in the Saudi designer Adnan Akbar’s workshop. It is completely handmade, covered with golden and pink metallic embroidery, and is characterized by its white silk fabric wrought with shades of yellow.
Sherihan’s dress is being auctioned for an estimated price of between 18,000 and 25,000 pounds, or between 24,000 and 33,000 US dollars.
Emma Stone’s dress, signed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab, which the famous American actress wore on the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars, is being auctioned for an estimated price of 20-30,000 pounds, or between 26,500 to 39,800 American dollar.
The charity auction also includes special jewelry such as a gold bracelet from the “Damien Herst’s” jewelry collection, designed in 2013, and is expected to range from 8 to 12 thousand pounds sterling, or between 10,600 to 16,000 USD.
Also on auction is a jacket belonging to British singer Mick Jagger who wore it during his European tour in 2017, according to Sotheby’s.
From Lebanon, the auction will include other artworks such as the works of the Lebanese photographer Fouad El Khoury, and the painting of the leading Lebanese painter in plastic art, Huguette Callan, according to the Sotheby’s website.