Liverpool Love gala raises £75,000

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An auction of artwork by names such as Yoko Ono and Noel Fielding has raised £75,000 for Merseyside children’s hospice Claire House.

The Liverpool Love art exhibition was held at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday and included Yoko Ono’s ‘Love’ piece, which sold for £5,800, and Noel Fielding’s ‘The Fab Five’ was bought for £4,200.

Other artworks sold for the cause included former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe’s ‘Hamburg Work on Paper’, which raised £10,000; ‘Come Together’ by Chris Bracey sold for £6,000; and ‘Red Rum’ by Shauna Richardson, which sold for £5,000.

The exhibition of the artwork will continue until November 25th and includes a collection of 29 pieces curated by Merseyside-born artist Christian Furr.

Jane Duffy, Acting Director of the Museum of Liverpool, said: “Part of this exhibition will be displayed in the Skylight Gallery; a space we use for exhibitions which we feel represent people’s own views and interpretations of Liverpool.”

The £75,000 was raised through the auction, ticket sales and a raffle.

Claire House Northern Area Fundraising Manager, Helen Carlson, said: “Liverpool Love is an inspirational collaboration that Claire House is proud and honoured to be associated with. The exhibition truly captures the spirit of Liverpool and the very fact it’s raising money for our local children is again symbolic of Liverpool and its big heart.”

Curator Christian Furr said: “The auction exceeded my expectations and we are extremely happy that we have managed to raise £75,000 for Claire House.”

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