Phillips 2020: Giving Back

Phillips 2020: Giving Back

Charity auctions made possible by our community.

Charity auctions made possible by our community.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Back of the Neck, 1982. Sold for £627,500. 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale London.


Design Trust, Hong Kong

ANOTHERMOUNTAINMAN (STANLEY WONG), redwhiteblue / nowhere, now here, 2020. Sold for HK$50,000. 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale.

Phillips offered a special charity auction benefitting Design Trust, an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, as part of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Hong Kong Day Sale. Since the establishment of the Design Trust in 2014, the organization continues to positively impact the design community by providing fellowships with overseas and local institutions, helping grant recipients expand their portfolios in the fields of research, skill-building or practice. In addition, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate the development of meaningful projects that advocate the positive role of design. 




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The Bedari Foundation

Keith Haring, Untitled (Grace Jones Mask), 1987. Sold for £1,716,500. 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, London.

In October, Phillips offered three exceptional artworks by Keith Haring, George Condo, and Jean-Michel Basquiat to benefit the Bedari Foundation. Haring, Condo and Basquiat not only dominated the artistic discourse of their period—they also exemplified a blend of camaraderie and visionary excellence that stimulated and encouraged the production of their peers. Together, the three works sold to benefit the Bedari Foundation encapsulate the creative energy enabled by a specific time and place: 1980s New York, and all that came next.




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The Dreyfoos School

Tracey Emin, Saturated In Your Love, 2020. Sold for $151,200. 20th Century and Contemporary Art New York.

The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a magnet public high school serving the most talented young artists—from all disciplines—in West Palm Beach, Florida. This season, Phillips and the Hall Art Foundation partnered to support Black students at the school by offering a group of works whose proceeds are being used to implement scholarships for low-income Black students.




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One Drop Foundation



Our December 12 Racing Pulse auction featured a charitable section: Time Counts. This selection featured four Royal Oak Grande Complication consigned by One Drop Foundation founder Guy Laliberté. Ahead of the auction, we organized a discussion between Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias, Guy Laliberté, and Paul Boutros to highlight the partnership.


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Yinka Shonibare Foundation

Yinka Shonibare, CBE RA. Bird, 2020. Sold for £56,700. New Now London.

For the last live auction of the year, Phillips partnered with Yinka Shonibare to offer a selection of works whose proceeds directly benefitted the Yinka Shonibare Foundation. In anticipation of the sale, Phillips' Simon Tovey spoke with Shonibare, who shared more about the concept of the foundation, which focuses on supporting artist residencies and, as a crucial byproduct, infrastructural development in Nigeria. As Shoibare explains, the foundation is, above all, about internationalism and cultural diplomacy, knitting the world closer together through mutual understanding, art, and sustainable practice.




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Phillips 2020: Year In Review

In a very challenging year, Phillips rose to the occasion, fully embracing our digital-first ethos to hold an extraordinary set of live auctions which exploded company records across the globe. We brought new artists to auction, supported the charitable causes we care about, and launched the next-generation auction experience, Gallery One. We look forward to a bright 2021.



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