Big Art Secret names revealed

Grayson Perry  Big Art Secret SUS-140904-134030001
Grayson Perry Big Art Secret SUS-140904-134030001

The names behind the works of art donated to St Wilfrid’s Hospice for its Big Art Secret have been revealed – with a Grayson Perry work fetching the second highest total of the eBay bid.

The fundraising initiative, in which people bided for artwork on eBay without knowing the name of the artist, raised £26,500 for the charity.

It has now posted all the postcards on its website with the names and the final price they fetched – now that payments have been collected.

eBay donated a further £5,000 on top of the money raised, bringing the total to an impressive £32,500.

This year’s most successful piece at auction was by New York artist Shoe String Sue, which sold for £978.88. A piece by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry went for the second largest amount £758.88, and a piece by Joan Hayles was the third most expensive lot at £720.

Grayson Perry submitted five artworks, including the postcard which was banned by eBay raising a total of £2,165.88; while one lucky bidder won an original piece of art from TV presenter Graham Norton for just £11.16.

Mary Lacey, fundraising director at St Wilfrid’s, said, “We’d like to thank all those who donated their time in submitting a piece of art and all of those who bid in the auction. The money we have raised will go a long way in helping us to continue to deliver the care we do to those in the local community who are in need of it.

“The Big Art Secret represented an opportunity for everyone to help support our charity and to own a unique piece of art which, because of the anonymous nature of the event, was valuable only by virtue of the emotions it evoked in those that bid on it.”

Charles Grimaldi, St Wilfrid’s ambassador, said, “It has been truly outstanding being witness to the generosity of people who have given their time and energy in supporting The Big Art Secret 2.

“The quality of the artworks has been fantastic and it has been a joy for us at St Wilfrid’s to have the opportunity to share in so many people’s creativity, we’re thankful to those who have seen fit to share that creativity with us.”