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UK: Iconic illustrations to go under the hammer

Artwork from award-winning book to be auctioned off to raise funds for Amnesty

Seven of the nation’s finest illustrators will see their work going under the hammer on 4 October at the Illustration Cupboard in central London – with all proceeds going to Amnesty International.

The seven illustrators are John Burningham, Polly Dunbar, Chris Riddell, Satoshi Kitamura, Axel Scheffler, Korky Paul and Jackie Morris.

The artists all contributed to the award-winning book We Are All Born Free – and it is their original artwork they provided for the book that will be auctioned off.

The book contains a total of 30 illustrations representing each of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the document that is a foundation stone of Amnesty International. We Are All Born Free is published by Frances Lincoln in association with Amnesty International.

All 30 illustrations will be on display at an exhibition at Amnesty International UK’s headquarters in Shoreditch, East London from 26 to 30 September from 9am to 5pm daily.

The founder of Ilustration Cupboard, John Huddy, said:

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Amnesty to host this unique exhibition and auction of original illustration artwork.

“We are delighted to offer collectors the opportunity to invest in some of the most talented, world-class artists of modern times, whilst supporting the worldwide fight to protect our human rights.”

Bids for the seven pieces of artwork that are going under the hammer will start at £950. Limited edition signed prints of the artwork of John Burningham, Korky Paul, Polly Dunbar and Chris Riddell will also be available at the auction.

The auction is by invitation only and if you wish to attend please contact the Amnesty press office.

The 23 non-auction illustrations will be available to purchase online from 24 September at with prices starting at £1250.

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