GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING DONATED TO CBM BY ANONYMOUS DONOR, MOVED BY HIS OWN CATARACT OPERATION, RAISES EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT AT SOTHEBY’S AUCTION
On Thursday 11th February 2016 the Gerhard Richter painting “Untitled (23 ‘Jan. 2015)”, Lot 108, was auctioned at Sotheby’s London for an astonishing £35,000.00, well exceeding the estimate. The funds will finance 1483 cataract across the developing world , organised by overseas disability charity CBM.
The colorful painting “Untitled (23 ‘Jan. 2015)” Lot 108 is an oil on colour photograph, sized 11.1 cm by 16.4 cm and was auctioned in the’ Contemporary Art Day Auction’ in London. An anonymous art lover was moved to donate the painting to CBM based in Germany having heard details of the charity’s essential sight saving work from an eye doctor, Dr Kermani. The donor had himself undergone cataract surgery and was so overwhelmed by the outcome of his own operation that he wanted to share his happiness with those in need of the same surgery who cannot afford it.
The donor asked for his prized painting to be sold at auction, with all proceeds going direct to CBM. Sotheby’s in London also contributed to the good cause, by arranging all the logistics, including transportation, free of charge and waiving their Commission, enabling all profits to go direct to CBM. CBM works transforming the lives of people with or at risk of disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. CBM works in over 60 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2014, the charity helped over 32 million people.
Dr. Rainer Brockhaus, CBM Chairman in Germany, where the charity has its global base:
“CBM would like to thank the donor and also the buyer of the painting. The sale of this work of art will help us to fund a huge amount of operations, giving people the gift of sight. A cataract operation is a simple procedure but it transforms people’s lives radically”.
Worldwide, there are approximately 20 million people who are blind due to cataracts. It costs just over £24 to perform a cataract operation at a CBM project in developing countries. Ophthalmologist Dr. Kermani adds: “Eyesight is so precious. It costs so little to give it back”.
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Information for Editors
• CBM, the overseas disability charity, works to transform the lives of people with or at risk of disabilities in the poorest communities of the world, working in over 60 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2014, the charity helped over 32 million people.
• CBM’s UK headquarters are in Cambridge. The global base is in Bensheim, Germany.