Bonhams BLUE Auction Raises Over £400,000 for NHS Covid-19 Appeal

Bonhams BLUE Auction has raised an impressive £405,300 in aid of the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, with 100% of the 61 lots sold. The not-for-profit online auction, which ran for three weeks from 8th – 29th April on bonhams.com, included pledges generously donated by the UK's leading actors, musicians, artists and sportspeople, all in aid of the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Lucky winners will be visiting Grayson Perry's Studio, having tea with the cast of The Crown, spending the day as an extra in Call the Midwife, and playing a game of University Challenge with Jeremy Paxman.

Among the highlights were:

• An Invitation for Two from the Duke of Richmond to His Private Track Day at Goodwood. Raised £25,000.
Grayson Perry offered a visit to his studio, which raised £22,000.
• Two Tickets to The EE British Academy Film Awards in 2021. Raised £22,000.
A Williams Formula 1 VIP Experience for Two at the 2021 British Grand Prix. A motor sports fan's dream weekend raised £22,000.
The Connor Brothers, Extraordinary People. Unique hand-finished giclée print with oil, acrylic and pastel, 2020, on wove, signed and numbered 1/1 in pencil, printed and published by the artists. Raised £18,000.
Antony Gormley R.A. A work on paper, FOLD I, 2018, signed, titled and dated. Raised £17,000.
A big thank you NHS, 2020 by Ronnie Wood. Raised £17,000.
Julian Opie, Waitress, from 'Walking in London' (Cristea 269). Raised £16,000.
• VIP Treatment as a Personal Guest of Alan Davies on the Hugely Popular TV Show QI. Raised £16,000.
A clapperboard from the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die featuring the signatures of the music artist, key cast and crew. Raised £13,000.
Six-Time World Champion Lewis Hamilton 2019 Racing Suit. This race suit was worn by Hamilton during his 2019 World Championship-winning Formula 1 season raised £12,000.
Lights, Camera, Action! The Ultimate Call the Midwife Experience. An exceptional 'money can't buy' lot for up to 4 people, taking place during the filming of Series 10 of the hit BBC series, Call the Midwife. The winner and their friends will go through hair, make-up and costume, before stepping out and playing a walk-on role in the drama. This will be followed by lunch or tea with the cast, and to end off this extraordinary day, they will be presented with a production script signed by the cast and crew. This wonderful experience raised £11,000.
• Behind the Scenes of Have I Got News for You as Personal Guests of the Show's Captains, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Raised £11,000.
• The Alternative Royal Family Tea Party. The Ultimate Afternoon Tea For Two with The Queen (Olivia Colman), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) & Lady Diana (Emma Corrin) from the TV series 'The Crown' for afternoon tea at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel. Raised £7,500.
• Joining Jools Holland for drinks behind the scenes at one of his forthcoming shows. Raised £6,000.
• Lunch at Claridge's with international film star Dame Joan Collins and a supporting cast of her husband, Percy Gibson and national treasure, Christopher Biggins. Raised £5,500.
Jeremy Paxman hosts a round of University Challenge for one family, plus another family of their choice in a no-holds-barred contest, complete with a scorer. This special experience raised £5,000.

Bonhams has waived all charges which means 100% of proceeds are going to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Funds from the NHS Covid-19 appeal will help support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers supporting Covid-19 patients in ways above and beyond which NHS funding can ordinarily provide.

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: "This is a brilliant result. We are so grateful for all the work and hours that Bonhams put into the BLUE auction and for waiving their fees, which is tremendously generous and kind. This is will make such a difference to the NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by Covid-19."

Patrick Masson, Bonhams Managing Director for the UK and Europe said: "This is a truly fantastic result and we are so pleased to have played our part in supporting the NHS staff and volunteers working so hard for us on the frontline. We would like to thank all the generous donors for making this possible, and to congratulate the winners, who now have some exceptional experiences to look forward to."

Money raised in the auction will go towards:

1. Funding well-being packs/gifts for staff and volunteers on wards/departments (this could include food deliveries, high energy/protein bars/drinks, snacks, refreshments, wash kits, overnight stay kits.)
2. Cost of travel, parking, accommodation for NHS staff and volunteer's expenses
3. Other items as requested by NHS Charities that enhance the well-being of NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients.

FULL LIST OF PRICES REALISED

Lot 1 THE CONNOR BROTHERS (British) Extraordinary People. £18,000

Lot 2 LUNCH AT CLARIDGE'S WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS, PERCY GIBSON AND CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS TOGETHER WITH AN OVERNIGHT STAY FOR 2 PEOPLE IN A SUITE AT CLARIDGE'S. £5,500

Lot 3 ANTONY GORMLEY R.A. (British, born 1950) FOLD I, 2018. £17,000

Lot 4 OWN A PIECE OF JAMES BOND HISTORY! £13,000

Lot 5 GRAYSON PERRY (British, born 1960) A rare opportunity for up to 4 people to be shown around the artist's studio by Grayson Perry himself! £22,000

Lot 6 THE ULTIMATE CALL THE MIDWIFE EXPERIENCE - LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! £11,000

Lot 7 JULIAN OPIE (British, born 1958) Waitress, from 'Walking in London. £16,000

Lot 8 THE ULTIMATE LOCKDOWN TAKEAWAY FOR UP TO 10 PEOPLE PREPARED AND COOKED FOR YOU BY GIZZI ERSKINE AND PROFESSOR GREEN. £3,200

Lot 9 ANISH KAPOOR (British, born 1954) Omo. £3,800

Lot 10 ANISH KAPOOR (British, born 1954) Glow. £3,200

Lot 11 JOIN JOOLS HOLLAND AS HIS SPECIAL GUEST AT ONE OF HIS LIVE SHOWS. £6,000

Lot 12 PATRICK HUGHES (British, born 1939) Banksee. £7,000

Lot 13 A UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE QUIZ HOSTED BY JEREMY PAXMAN VIA ZOOM. £5,000

Lot 14 BAMBI (British, born 1982) Dog Saves The Queen, 2020. £9,000

Lot 15 IMELDA STAUNTON Tickets into see Hello Dolly & meet Imelda Staunton afterwards backstage. £1,300

Lot 16 SARA POPE (British, born 1973) Decadence (Pink). £6,500

Lot 17 TWO TICKETS TO THE EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS IN 2021. £22,000

Lot 18 SIR EDUARDO PAOLOZZI (1924-2005) Untitled, from 'Buñuel Suite' & Sketch. £1,500

Lot 19 HAVE TEA WITH AWARD WINNING AUTHOR JOANNA TROLLOPE CBE AND RECEIVE IN PERSON HER LATEST BOOK, 'MUM AND DAD'. £550

Lot 20 A MCLAREN FORMULA ONE RACING SUIT WORN AND SIGNED BY LANDO NORRIS. £3,800

Lot 21 AN ACTION-PACKED WILDLIFE WATCHING ADVENTURE WITH STEVE BACKSHALL AND HELEN GLOVER. £7,500

Lot 22 AN EXCLUSIVE AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR OF THE SOUTH BANK IN LONDON WITH KEVIN MCCLOUD. £5,000

Lot 23 A MONEY-CAN'T-BUY BUSINESS CONSULTANCY OVER DINNER WITH PHILANTHROPIST AND ENTREPRENEUR JOHN CAUDWELL IN HIS MAYFAIR MANSION. £10,000

Lot 24 MAKE ME SMILE: A PHENOMENAL STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL SUPER VIP PACKAGE FOR TWO. £4,500

Lot 25 A WIN-WIN WILLIAMS VIP EXPERIENCE FOR TWO AT THE 2021 BRITISH GRAND PRIX. £22,000

Lot 26 JOANNA LUMLEY INVITES YOU TO A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. £2,200

Lot 27 THE ALTERNATIVE ROYAL FAMILY TEA PARTY. £7,500

Lot 28 A VERY SPECIAL GUIDED TOUR FOR TWO, THROUGH THE BRITISH MUSEUM WITH THE MUSEUM DIRECTOR, DR HARTWIG FISCHER FOLLOWED BY LUNCH. £3,500

Lot 29 CHAMPAGNE TEA AT THE RITZ WITH CARSON AND MRS HUGHES! £3,200

Lot 30 2020 BWT RACING POINT F1 TEAM RACING SUIT USED BY SERGIO PEREZ. £2,200

Lot 31 THOSE WHO CARE: A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKS, PRIVATELY PUBLISHED PAMPHLETS AND ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPTS INCLUDING A POEM WRITTEN IN HONOUR OF THE NHS. £2,200

Lot 32 ENJOY THE VIP TREATMENT AS A PERSONAL GUEST OF ALAN DAVIES ON THE HUGELY POPULAR TV SHOW, QI. £16,000

Lot 33 SIX-TIME WORLD CHAMPION LEWIS HAMILTON 2019 RACING OVERALLS. £12,000

Lot 34 VALTTERI BOTTAS 2019 RACE SUIT. £3,200

Lot 35 A TENNIS MASTERCLASS WITH GREG RUSEDSKI AND A SIGNED RACQUET FROM HIS US TENNIS OPEN FINAL. £3,200

Lot 36 A ROUND OF GOLF WITH NAGA MUNCHETTY. £4,200

Lot 37 A MOTOR SPORTS ENTHUSIAST'S 'DREAM TICKET' FOR FOUR: A VIP VISIT TO THE ROFGO GULF HERITAGE COLLECTION. £2,500

Lot 38 MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN R.A. (Irish, born 1941) Telephone/iPhone, from 'Then and Now'. £3,800

Lot 39 NEW ORDER 40TH ANNIVERSARY 'UNKNOWN PLEASURES' STAGE AND SET FLAGS. £4,000

Lot 40 GO BEHIND THE SCENES ON HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU AS PERSONAL GUESTS OF THE SHOW'S CAPTAINS, IAN HISLOP AND PAUL MERTON. £11,000

Lot 41 ENJOY A COCKTAIL OR TWO WITH HELEN LEDERER AT THE GROUCHO CLUB. £2,500

Lot 42 TWO DAYS IN GRAMMY AWARD WINNING STEVE LEVINE'S RECORDING STUDIO. £2,500

Lot 43 A BESPOKE RIDING LESSON WITH UK CHAMPION FLAT JOCKEY OISIN MURPHY, PLUS A 'WALK THE COURSE' WITH HIM ON A MAJOR RACE DAY. £6,000

Lot 44 RONNIE WOOD (British, born 1947) A big thank you NHS, 2020. £17,000

Lot 45 JOIN PRESENTER AND AUTHOR AFUA HIRSCH AS SHE FILMS ON SET FOR A MAJOR BBC SERIES. £1,200

Lot 46 FLIGHT TIME: A FLIGHT IN THE 'BREMONT BUS' AND A TOUR OF BREMONT'S NEW STATE OF THE ART HEADQUARTERS. £4,000

Lot 47 FIVE COURSE GOURMET LUNCH WITH CHAMPAGNE FOR 12 PEOPLE AT BOISDALE OF BELGRAVIA. £3,500

Lot 48 A VISIT FOR 4 PEOPLE TO THE ICONIC JACKDAWS CASTLE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE HOME OF THE LEGENDARY RACE HORSE TRAINER JONJO O'NEILL. £4,000

Lot 49 JOIN THE STARS AND BID FOR 2 TICKETS TO ATTEND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY'S BIGGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR, THE BRIT AWARDS 2021. £10,000

Lot 50 AN INVITATION FOR TWO FROM THE DUKE OF RICHMOND TO HIS PRIVATE TRACK DAY AT GOODWOOD. £25,000

Lot 51 A BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPH BY GREG WILLIAMS, SHOT ON THE SET OF SKYFALL AND SIGNED BY SAM MENDES AND NAOMIE HARRIS. £1,100

Lot 52 CHARLIE MACKESY (British, born 1962) More strength and love in the world, 2020. £3,800

Lot 53 A TWO NIGHT MIDWEEK LUXURY BREAK FOR TWO AT THE HISTORIC LYGON ARMS IN THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS. £2,200

Lot 54 A RARE BOTTLE OF 41-YEAR-OLD TALISKER BODEGA 1978, 50.7%ABV. £3,000

Lot 55 A PAIR OF HAND FINISHED SCREEN-PRINTED DRUM HEADS (ONLY TEN WERE PRODUCED) OF NICK MASON'S PHARAOH DRUMS. £3,200

Lot 56 CHRIS LEVINE (Canadian/British, born 1972) Compassion. £1,700

Lot 57 A PRIVATE TOUR IN THE GARDENS OF THE CASTLE OF MEY WITH ALAN TITCHMARSH PLUS A TWO NIGHT STAY FOR TWO. £3,500

Lot 58 FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BEATLES, PINK FLOYD, OASIS, AMY WINEHOUSE, ED SHEERAN, ADELE AND SAM SMITH WITH A BEHIND THE SCENES, VIP TOUR OF THE WORLD-FAMOUS ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS. £1,700

Lot 59 YOUR FINE ART COLLECTION CURATED THROUGHOUT YOUR HOUSEHOLD OR WORKSPACE BY WOOLWICH PRINT FAIR CURATOR, LIZZIE GLENDINNING. £650

Lot 60 ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! OWN A PIECE OF FASHION HISTORY WITH JOANNA LUMLEY'S BESPOKE JEAN PAUL GAULTIER OUTFIT FOR THE PREMIER OF AB FAB: THE MOVIE. £1,500

Lot 61 A FRAMED PRINT OF SIR STIRLING MOSS ON HIS WAY TO VICTORY AT THE 1961 MONACO GRAND PRIX, SIGNED BY BOTH SIR STIRLING MOSS AND MURRAY WALKER. £2,200

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