House of Cards comes up trumps!

30 September 2009

Ace of hearts playing card designed by Damien Hirst

The House of Cards auction, featuring works by artists and designers including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, David Bailey and Vivienne Westwood, has raised over £100,000 for Shelter.

The auction, held at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London, attracted buyers from around the world hoping to snap up a piece from the once-in-a-lifetime collection.

Shelter invited the artists to design the cards for an exhibition as part of its House of Cards campaign, to highlight Britain’s housing crisis.

The full deck was on display at the Haunch of Venison from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 September. Visitors were invited to place silent bids on the artwork over the duration of the exhibition, with 20 of the pieces going through to the live auction on the final night.

Shelter’s chief executive Sam Younger said:

‘This exhibition has enabled us to engage new audiences with our House of Cards campaign in a creative and innovative way. We’ve had a fantastic response from the public and would like to thank all the artists involved for the contributions they have made.

‘The money raised through the auction will help Shelter continue to provide vital advice and support to the growing number of households across the country in housing need. With an estimated 65,000 homes facing repossession this year and almost 1.8 million stuck on council house waiting lists, there can be no doubt that Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis.’