370 works by auctioned artists, designers and galleries were auctioned to help French health workers.
Paris-based auction house Piasa, an online charity auction, has raised more than 2.4 million euros for French health workers. This contributes to helping health professionals in the coronavirus crisis (Covid-19) buy protective equipment.
Protège Ton Soignant (Protect Your Carer) will receive sales proceeds from 370 works donated by artists, designers and galleries. Piasa did not charge fees for buyers or sellers. The top lot—a painting by Claire Tabouret entitled Les Débutantes (bleu de minuit, 2014)—sold for €207,000.
Many people donated works for the auction, including agencies including Kamel Mennour and Thaddaeus Ropac. Ropac donated Imran Qureshi’s painting This Day (2017) which sold for €31,000 (est. €40,000-€50,000). Mennour gave six works including a neon piece by Bertrand Lavier, Bleu (2019), which fetched €52,000 (est. €25,000-€30,000).
Mennour said: “I was so happy about the sale; it was an impressive amount. It shows we can all help each other.”
The collector and president of Piasa, real estate entrepreneur Laurent Dumas, organised the sale which lasted from 3 to 5 April. In a statement, he outlines how the money will be allocated.