Works by Hackney artist Stik raised £32,500 at a Christie’s auction this afternoon. All the profits from the sales will go to Homerton Hope charity at Homerton Hospital.
Commenting on the sales of his pictures, Stik said: “We raised £32,500 and I’m really happy. That’s £32,500 raised for the Homerton NHS – I never expected we’d get so much.”
Earlier he spoke about the artwork itself and what it means to him: “It represents the vulnerability of the NHS and the feeling of fondness we have for it. The NHS is our baby and we have to protect it.
“They saved my life a few times, stitched me back together.
“It was only because of Homerton, St. Mungo’s hostel and Mind that I am here today. So I feel it is my responsibility to preserve these organisations, so that other people can come up from the streets.”
The winning bidder, the property entrepreneur Keiran-James Brown, says he sold a well-known portrait of the Queen to make space for the ‘Sleeping Baby’ prints.
“Having been affected by my own battle with mental health over the years my life wouldn’t be on track today without the great support I’ve had from the NHS. These images reflect, for me, the fragility of life itself,” he said.
Correction: The original article stated that the sale price was £26,000. Stik has since clarified that although the ‘hammer price’ was £26,000, fees were added to this figure, which were subsequently waived by the auction house, making the total raised £32,500.