Leading photographers donate celebrity portraits for NSPCC auction at Bonhams

Leading children's charity the NSPCC and international auction house Bonhams will be hosting a sale of iconic images by a host of world renowned photographers and private collectors, as part of Bonhams 17 May Photographs Sale, to raise vital funds for the charity's Rebuilding Childhoods Appeal.

Works by leading photographers will be donated to the auction with highlights to include Patrick Demarchelier's stunning image of Christy Turlington taken in New York in 1986 and a playful shot of Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery on the set of 1968 Western Shalako by celebrated British photographer, Terry O'Neill. Also featured is a striking portrait of British actor Oliver Reed by celebrity photographer, Alistair Morrison, whose subjects have included Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Cruise and Margaret Thatcher. A high profile exhibition of Morrison's works was curated by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2007 in London.

Further photographs will be announced near to the time of the auction.
Jocelyn Phillips, Head of Photographs at Bonhams, says: "We are delighted to be working with the NSPCC to offer this exciting group of photographs for auction and to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause."

Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, says: "We are very pleased to be involved in such an exciting auction. Without support such as this, we would not be able to deliver vital therapeutic services."

All funds raised from the auction will go to help support the NSPCC and its Rebuilding Childhoods Appeal which aims to support post abuse therapy for children and young people who have suffered abuse.

For more information about donating or attending the RCA Photography Auction 2012 please contact Sophie Greenberg at the NSPCC on 0207 825 7046 or Sophie.greenberg@nspcc.org.uk

For further press enquiries, images and interview requests, please contact Helen Little at the NSPCC on 020 7825 1379 or helen.little@nspcc.org.uk (07976 206 625 out of hours) or Leonora Oldfield in the Bonhams press office on 020 7468 5874 or leonora.oldfield@bonhams.com / press@bonhams.com

About the NSPCC:
The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity specializing in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, including ChildLine, the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people and the NSPCC Helpline for adults concerned about the safety of a child.

For more information about the NSPCC visit www.nspcc.org.uk


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com