27 NOVEMBER 2012

Just under £40000 has been raised today at Sotheby’s for the charity Gift of Life, which helps children with cancer in Russia (Reg. Number 7471 547)

November 27th, 2012, London.

The Gift of Life foundation is delighted to announce that the Sotheby’s Russian Art Sale, held in London on the 27th of November 2012, has raised a grand total of £37,500 to help Russian children with cancer. The established contemporary Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Olga Chernysheva, Sergey Bratkov and Andrey Roiter donated their works to charity to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s.

Jo Vickery, Head of the Russian Department of Sotheby’s, selected the works for the auction. In her words:

“We are very grateful to the artists for the great works they have donated. Sotheby’s and Gift of Life are proud to say that all the net proceeds from the sale will go directly to children in need.”

The money raised by the auction will be used to purchase Erwinase, a UK-made chemotherapy medicine. Every year, around 60 Russian children with cancer develop a violent allergy to conventional chemotherapy agents, and cannot receive treatment at all without Erwinase. With the recent sharp price rise – one pack now costs £3000 – these funds could not have come at a better time. The first purchases are already being made, with 10 Erwinase packs on their way to Polina Dracheva from Archangelsk Oblast in Russia.

In addition to the generosity of the artists, whose donated paintings are almost literally gifts of life,  Sotheby’s, Kaspersky Lab and Barclays Bank helped meet all costs associated with the project.

The 26th of November is the birthday of the Podari Zhizn foundation, and there could be no better birthday present than a gift for the children in its care.