The Cathedral Group's A Dolls' House raised close to £90,000 at the end of the live auction event on Nov. 11 at Bonhams in London. The project invited 20 well-known UK architects, who collaborated with artists and other designers, to create their own doll houses with the goal to raise £100,000 for the KIDS charity. Architects included Adjaye Associates, FAT, MAKE, Zaha Hadid Architects, Coffey Architects, and Studio Egret West.
The doll houses were then auctioned for online from September to noon on Nov. 11, and finally at the live auction event that evening. To read more on the project, click here.
Here's a part of the Cathedral Groups press release on the event:
"The stylish event saw over 400 guests come together to celebrate and bid on the selection of dolls’ houses, including models by Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye. The highest bid of the evening was for Zaha Hadids’ dolls’ house, ‘This must be the place’ reaching an impressive £14,000.
Not far behind was the 1.5m high dolls’ house by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, who also designed the new showroom at Bonhams in which the auction was held, which went for £11,000.
FAT Architectures’ dolls’ house, ‘Tower of Fable’, featuring miniature works of art by Grayson Perry was won by Richard Upton, chief executive of Cathedral Group, the property developers behind the project, with a winning bid of £10,000.
Online bidding for the dolls’ houses had been taking place since the official launch of ‘A Dolls’ House’ during London Design Festival in September. The online bidding was frozen at midday on Monday 11th November with the six dolls’ houses with the highest bids going through to the live auction that evening, conducted by auctioneer Matthew Girling. This included dolls’ houses by Zaha Hadid, FAT Architecture, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Duggan Morris Architects, HLM Architects, and Morag Myerscough with Luke Morgan. The remainder of the dolls’ houses could be bid for throughout the evening through a silent auction with staff taking bids on tablets.
The evening was a great success and all the money raised is being donated to UK charity KIDS, which supports disabled children, young people and their families."
For our previous article and more images of A Dolls' House, click here.
All photos by Thomas Butler, courtesy of Cathedral Group.