Labour’s Lavish Fundraiser Auction: £100,000 Reserve Bids

Labour clucked and screeched last week over a Tory fundraising auction that saw signed Maggie memorabilia go for £45,000 and a tennis match with the PM also up for grabs. Well their own gala dinner tonight will see something very similar, including at least one lot with a reserve price of £100,000:

“We have amazing artwork from Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Mark Wallinger and Nicola Green along with an exciting opportunity for you and a chosen team to go head to head with a Shadow Cabinet Five-A-Side All Stars football team which includes, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham, Sadiq Khan, and Jim Murphy.”

The Gormley has a reserve price of £100,000, while the Kapoor work is available for a more ‘in touch’ price of £25,000. Most would struggle to pay for Nicola Green painting “The Struggle” at £6,000. No cost of living crisis there.

Other lots include “Patrick Stewart to record your answerphone message”, and cash-for-access to “Tea at the National Gallery with Tristram Hunt”. It is not believed “the week long stay in a Tuscan villa for 9” was donated by Polly Toynbee.

Table cost £15,000 and the tickets are a poverty busting £500…

UPDATE: Although Guido didn’t get the story from the excellent Kate McCann, she did run the story in City AM this morning and we are happy to point that out.



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