Over £30,000 raised for nursing home

St Mary’s Convent auction proves outstanding success

Crowds gathered at St Mary’s Convent last Saturday for the auction to raise money for their building appeal. Both the Sisters and the organisers were delighted and immensely grateful that the event proved to be such an unquestionable success.

The total amount raised on the advance sale of catalogues and pictures sold on the day at present stands at £30,800.

The auction was a professional affair with Sotheby’s providing paneling and lighting in the Garden Room to show the works of art to their best advantage. Viewings on the Friday evening and Saturday morning were well attended with delicious refreshments provided by the Sisters.

By the start of the auction at 2.00pm it was standing room only with some buyers standing outside by the windows so that they too could participate.

Out of the 48 lots sold, "Seascape" by Mark Gertler fetched the highest amount selling for £2,600, and “Wild Landscape” by William Scott fetched an admirable £2,200.

Works of local interest proved especially sought after and included a screen print by Peter Blake that sold for £875 against an estimate of £200-300, "Forsythia" by Hugh Cronyn doubled its
pre-sale estimate of £400-600 to achieve £850, "Red Boat" by Anthea Craigmyle achieved £1,600 and "Summer Fruits" by Eleanor Fein realised £650.

The Sisters were delighted by the amazing kindness of all the people that donated works of art and those who bid so generously for them. The money raised will go a long way towards the building appeal’s ultimate goal.

March 28, 2003

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