FT photo sale raises £170,000 for children

The Financial Times Photography Auction raised almost £170,000 for the Global Fund for Children on Thursday night.

The event, at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, marks the start of the FT’s 2012 seasonal appeal.

The auction by Adrian Biddell, of Sotheby’s, with works donated by the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s, Jane Bown, Chris Smith, Stuart Franklin, David Burnett and many more, brought in £56,600.

Together with matching funding from Pearson, owner of the FT, and the global fund’s sponsors, the total raised came to £169,800.

Among the highlights of the evening was Slim Aarons’ 1961 Penthouse Pool, donated by Getty Images Gallery, which sold for £6,000.

Kristin Lindsey, chief executive of the global fund, said she was thrilled by the kick-off for the seasonal appeal and the power of the matching donations from Pearson and sponsors. “So much more than pictures were taken home. Each one of those donors is a hero for the world’s children,” she said.

Thanks to our readers’ generosity, the FT’s seasonal appeals have raised more than £9m for good causes since 2005.

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