WISHFUL THINKING: Make-a-Wish Foundation and Cartier kicked off a weeklong celebration of art around Frieze Art Fair in London, which opens on Thursday, with a gala and auction aimed at raising money for the children’s charity.
Cartier, the sole partner of the event, which took place at the Dorchester hotel, asked a number of artists including Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw and Joshua Raz, to donate specially created works for the event. The art on display aimed to capture the dreams of children who are fighting life-threatening diseases. Koons created limited-edition balloon animal sculptures, while Emin drew an abstract sketch showcasing a child on a horse.
Conducted by the auctioneer Henry Wyndham, the auction raised 2.7 million pounds, surpassing the initial 1.5 million pound aim set by the charity’s patron Batia Ofer.
Polly Morgan’s artwork for Make-a-Wish.
“I am so overwhelmed by the response of everybody I have approached for help in getting this idea off the ground,” said Ofer. “At Make-a-Wish, we get so many more requests from families and children than we are able to fulfill. Now, with the money we have raised (which is far more than I ever dared hope), Make-a-Wish will be able to help