Lionel Messi stars in Sotheby's charity art auction



2015-06-26 11:26:40

A contemporary art auction starring Lionel Messi at Sotheby's next month will look to raise funds and awareness for a global children's education charity.

Original works by artists including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Richard Serra and Shirin Neshat will cross the block as part of the special '1 in 11' sale in London on February 12.

The ‘1 in 11’ campaign aims to provide support for primary school-age children around the world without access to education. Approximately 58 million out of 650 million children – 1 in 11 – live without education due to extreme poverty, disability or military conflict.

The campaign is the work of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), UNICEF and the FC Barcelona Foundation, and is supported by the four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

“I’m supporting the ‘1 in 11’ campaign because I believe every child has the right to fulfil their potential and realise their dreams," said Messi. "Education is fundamental to this, but millions of children across the world are out of school and not getting the start in life they are entitled to.

“I believe that through sport we can teach values of respect, teamwork and effort, and ultimately inspire children to attend and stay on in school, so they will receive the quality education which will equip them with the skills they need for life.”

The auction will offer artworks featuring the Barcelona star, including Damien Hirst's 'Beautiful Messi Spin Painting for One in Eleven' estimated at £250,000-£350,000, and Takashi Murakami's 'Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers' valued at £200,000-£300,000.

“I’m delighted to be able to support the ‘1 in 11’ campaign through donating my artwork to the auction and designing the global campaign logo," said Murakami. "I know the money raised by the campaign is going to help some of the most marginalised and vulnerable children across the world. ’1 in 11’ will inspire the world that integrating sport and play into education can be the catalyst to unlock a child’s potential."

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