The art dealer and his medical wife have put works from their private collection on sale, including pieces by Andy Warhol and Henry Moore to raise “tens of thousands of pounds” for NHS staff
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- Inspired couple to support national health service after daughter’s contracted form of coronavirus
- Andy Warhol’s press, sold in a few days, raised thousands of pounds
- Claire Hyman has been an oral surgeon at the Royal Free NHS Trust for 16 years
A doctor and an art dealer husband are selling their private collection to raise funds for vital medical equipment that the NHS must use to combat coronavirus.
Claire and James Hyman, owners of the Hyman Collection, have announced the discounted sale of numerous pieces by famous modern artists, the proceeds of which will go to the Royal Free NHS Trust.
Famous names among the pieces sold include Andy Warhol, British visual artist and sculptor Marc Quinn and semi-abstract sculpture maker Henry Moore.
The couple hoped that the money would help the NHS purchase scarce equipment such as test kits, fans and other life-saving devices.
Claire and James Hyman (pictured), owners of the Hyman Collection, have announced the sale of numerous pieces by famous modern artists, the proceeds of which will go to the Royal Free NHS Trust
Photos of Andy Warhol condominiums
Claire has been an oral surgeon at the Royal Free NHS Trust for 16 years, which includes three hospitals in North London.
The couple were inspired to sell their collection to support the national health service after their daughter contracted a mild form of coronavirus and the family had to isolate themselves.
“As a surgeon working in the NHS, I know how difficult it is for all staff who are currently working incredibly long hours under immense pressure,” said Claire.
“James wanted to do something to help and this initiative, as well as the generous support of collectors, will be truly appreciated.”
Within days, Hyman sold eight photographs, including a Warhol print that raised thousands of pounds.
Etchings by Henry Moore, sculptures by Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi and prints by American photographer Harry Callahan were also sold.
All pieces are available at a discount, with prices starting from around £ 650 up to £ 22,000 for Bill Brandt’s 1939 Barmaid at the Crooked Billet.
Bill Brandt’s bartender from 1939 at Crooked Billet (pictured) is on sale between £ 650 and £ 22,000
A work by Marc Quinn for sale under the Hyman collection
Another of the artist Marc Quinn
Two reclining figures by Henry Moore
‘As everyone comes together, I thought about what I can do as an art dealer. I feel very helpless, “said art historian James speaking to SWNS.
‘What I did was put together a selection of works by some of the major photographers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, at reduced prices, and will donate all the profits to the National Health Service.
“Unfortunately, NHS frontline hospital staff in the treatment of patients with Covid-19 is still working without the proper PPE and there is still a shortage of test kits and ventilators.”
Trader and collector James founded the collection in 1999, specializing in 19th and 20th century British artists and photographers.
Among its many exhibitions, the gallery has hosted works by Pablo Picasso, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and the English painter Bridget Riley.
James also co-curated an exhibition with Sir Paul McCartney showing the works of Sir Paul’s first wife, the American photographer Linda McCartney.