Peace One Day
Works for Charity by Leading Contemporary Artists

An extraordinary collection of works by some of the world's leading contemporary artists are to be offered as part of Founded 1793, the contemporary art auction taking place at Bonhams New Bond Street on 28 January.

Last year, 14 artists - including Peter Doig, Polly Morgan, Turner Prize-winner Douglas Gordan, Marc Quinn, and Jake and Dinos Chapman - were invited to take part in a new art project to raise awareness and funds for Peace One Day, a not-for-profit organization which campaigns for global recognition of the International Day of Peace (21 September).

The project, which was curated by Jake Chapman, tasked the artists with transforming a decommissioned M16 rifle into a cutting-edge work of art. It produced some spectacular and thought-provoking results, and the refashioned weapons were previewed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London during Frieze week in October 2014.

The celebrated artist, Peter Doig - whose painting, Pine House (Rooms for Rent), made £11.9m at auction in November 2014 - produced an artwork entitled Lion in the Sand M-16 (2014). It is a study for a major canvas of the same name, and depicts a lion against the Ethiopian flag on the butt of the gun. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-7,000. Meanwhile, M16 by Jake and Dinos Chapman is estimated at £25,000-35,000, The Eye of History by Marc Quinn at £20,000-30,000, and BBW by Douglas Gordan at £25,000-35,000.

Peace One Day was founded by actor and film-maker, Jeremy Gilley, who said: 'I am hugely grateful to the artists involved for supporting Peace One Day and producing such wonderfully creative and memorable pieces. Their contributions to this project will raise funds for the organization, but more significantly will help to raise awareness of Peace Day – 21 September – around the world.

'Jake Chapman continues to be a massive supporter of everything we do, and we are extremely grateful to him for bringing together such an incredible group of artists. To have their extraordinary work sold through Bonhams will provide the sale with the high-profile impact that this project deserves.'

Gareth Williams, Director of Post-War & Contemporary Art at Bonhams, added: 'Bonhams is delighted to be working with Peace One Day and to be part of this hugely exciting initiative. It is always a privilege to see the motivating effect that art has on fundraising for good causes.'

The full list of artists whose work for Peace One Day is to be offered at auction is: Jeremy Deller and Stuart Hughes, Douglas Gordon, Mat Collishaw, Marc Quinn, Polly Morgan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Harland Miller, Yinka Shonibare, Ryan Gander, Jonathan Meese, Peter Doig, Kate Moss, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Kim Jones.


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