For a third consecutive year, Sotheby's has invited the Elton John AIDS Foundation to participate in the auction house's Contemporary Art Day Auction on November 14, by providing select, donated works to be sold to benefit the charity's grant-making initiatives. All of the proceeds will go directly to the foundation's urgent work.
Eight renowned artists have generously donated significant works. They are Marina Abramović, William Eggleston, Inka Essenhigh, Theaster Gates, Wade Guyton, Louise Lawler, Raymond Pettibon, and Ai Weiwei.
For more than two decades, the EJAF has been one of the top ten nonprofit funders of HIV prevention programs in the world, focusing its efforts specifically on the most at-risk, marginalised, and vulnerable populations in the U.S., the Americas, and the Caribbean. The foundation has emerged as a significant leader, advancing public dialogue on critical and controversial issues related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, challenging misguided policies and attitudes that block progress in HIV prevention, and leveraging the power of the media, celebrity support, and cause marketing to raise more than $300 million for urgently needed programs and awareness about the continuing challenges of the worldwide AIDS epidemic.
"All of us at the Elton John AIDS Foundation are deeply grateful to Sotheby's and to all of the wonderful artists, dealers, and galleries that have partnered with us on this project for the last three years," said Elton. "The funds raised from the special charity lots at the sale will support our continuing efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation by confronting stigma and discrimination and helping people to access the prevention, treatment and care services they need. This sale truly is art supporting life, and I can't think of a higher purpose for art than that."