LONDON – More than 50 jewels donated by Italian jeweler Fabio Salini will be auctioned on Wednesday at Sotheby’s for a good cause.
The sale is part of Sotheby’s Luxury Edit, which runs throughout September, and the jewellery, which is on display at Sotheby’s Bond Street, is valued at £2million.
All proceeds will be donated to UK charity The Art of Wishes.
Salini said the pandemic had given him an urgent desire “to use the beauty he had created to also help those in need.”
“I’ve always wanted to elevate jewelry to an art, because what good is art if it can’t change lives? My works are an aesthetic expression of concepts and feelings, and the events of the past three years have made me wonder how I could use these works to help those less fortunate.
“I was looking for a bigger purpose for my work and as such I am delighted to auction this body of work to benefit The Art of Wishes. They are a wonderful charity that seeks to provide dreams and experiences to children who are going through very difficult times,” Salini said.
The Art of Wishes is a charity initiative that raises funds from the arts community for the charity Make-a-Wish UK, which aims to grant life-changing wishes for children with serious illnesses.
The Art of Wishes has raised over £8.3m so far, mostly via a gala held at the start of Frieze Art Fair in London. It has held live and silent auctions featuring works donated by established contemporary artists such as Jenny Saville, Kaws, Anish Kapoor, Peter Doig, Julian Opie and Georg Baselitz.
Israeli-born philanthropist Batia Ofer, founder of The Art of Wishes, said she had always been an admirer of Salini’s “exquisite jewelry, and when he proposed this collaboration, I was truly overwhelmed with his generosity.”
“We know that when a child sees the impossible come true, it gives them hope, so by making this donation, Fabio will not only help fulfill the wishes of thousands of children, but will also have a significant impact on their lives,” she added.
Salini, who is based in Rome and has a showroom there, is known for his exploration and use of materials, including rock crystal, straw, leather, shagreen and industrial carbon fiber, and for the precision of his work.
It draws inspiration from themes such as Art Deco and 80s glamour, and embraces contrasts, visually and thematically, linking black carbon fiber to Victorian mourning jewelry. He also works with beads and patterns such as knots, loops, chain links and horseshoe studs.
The sale was split into two parts, with an online auction taking place from Thursday to Thursday. A live auction for select items will take place in London on Wednesday.