Final year BA students at The Cass held another very successful and profitable auction of donated artworks on Friday evening to finance their degree show in July.
Top bid, but at the bargain price of £480, was the mixed media painting The Fairytail of NYC (pictured below) by Bob & Roberta Smith, whose work normally sells for thousands (shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth project, creator of Tate Britain's 2008 Christmas tree, with work in the Tate collection). Other artwork for sale included a gold and diamond ring and a signed first edition of Gilbert and George's The Complete Pictures, dedicated "Love you always in all ways", as well as work by many of the artists who teach in the department.
Like last year the gavel was wielded by the flamboyant and stylish Lord Shoreditch, alter-ego of Steve Edge of Steve Edge Design, decribed variously as "designer, jockey, model-maker, honorary Eagle Dancer of a North American Indian tribe, prophet, madman, wanderer and self-styled Lord Shoreditch".
I made telephone bids on behalf of a mystery buyer for the small untitled painting (pictured above) by Ian Robertson, Head of Fine Art, and successfully secured the piece at £110 for my anonymous 'client' after a serious bidding war, but this year resisted the temptation to outbid anyone for the two pieces I was interested in myself, which went for £130 and over. It is a recession after all!