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The Auction raises more than ever before

The Auction raises more than ever before

The Auction 2016 made a grand total of £401,258 to support people living with and at risk of HIV in the UK.

Helping reach the biggest total in the event’s 20-year history was the much talked about cast-signed Star Wars: The Force Awakens screen-used stormtrooper helmet, which was snapped up for a staggering £70,000 in the online auction hosted by Christie’s.

On the night, The Auction raised £300,000, with Mariano Vivanco’s photograph of David Gandy going for twice the guide price, at £10,000, and the hammer going down at £4,500 for a private screening with Dame Barbara Windsor.

Spencer Matthews admiring the Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormtrooper helmet

Guests including Spencer Matthews, Nancy Dell’Olio, Marc-Francis and Juan Pablo Yepez came together for an evening of frantic bidding and entertainment at Christie’s Auction House on Thursday 17 March.

Leee John, lead singer of 1980s super soul funk group Imagination, also enjoyed the night and unexpectedly took to the stage during the live auction, donating tickets to his Paris gig as he paid tribute to a friend lost to HIV.

Leee John at The Auction 2016

Other fantastic lots in The Auction 2016 were a signed Star Wars poster, which went for £14,000, and Palazzo Rosso, 2016, a three-dimensional painting by Birmingham-born artist Patrick Hughes, which raised £24,000.

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