BA sends multi-million art collection to auction

British Airways is selling works from its art collection worth several million pounds to raise money against the catastrophic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on  the airways industry.

The collection includes work by Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Julian Opie, Peter Doig, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Bridget Riley some of which are to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on July 28.

“We are fortunate to have been able to showcase a wealth of artists and creativity throughout artwork collection, many of which have been a special part of the design of our lounges worldwide” said BA’s director of brand Carolina Martinoli. “During this unprecedented time we have made the decision to work with Sotheby’s, one of the world’s leading and most  trusted auction houses, to sell a number of pieces by artists including Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst.”

Among those for sale is expected to be Riley’s Cool Edge, pictured, first seen at her Hayward Gallery retrospective last year and estimated to be worth £1.2m.

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