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Canadian Guitar Sold For $147,000 CDN At Christie’s Auction In London

Mike Carparelli

Mike Carparelli and the Damien Hirst Guitar

Christies Window London

Christies Window London

Proceeds from sale of Carparelli guitar painted by world renowned British artist Damien Hirst go to War Child


London, England. February 17, 2011. A Canadian guitar painted by Damien Hirst was sold at a Christie’s auction for $147,000 CDN today. Proceeds from the auction for the Carparelli guitar will be donated to War Child, an international charity that protects children in war zones.


“It was a dream of mine to have one of my guitars make such a big contribution to such an important charity,” said Mike Carparelli, CEO of Carparelli Guitars of Toronto, Canada. “To be able to partner with an artist of the stature of Damien Hirst and a company as prestigious as Christie's to make this dream come true is beyond my wildest imagination.”


The charity auction was the brainchild of David Kam, a Montreal artist and social activist, who approached both Hirst and Carparelli with his idea. “I was ecstatic when they both agreed because War Child is doing such important work all over the world,” said Kam. “I knew the combination of Hirst’s artistic reputation and the spectacular design of a Carparelli guitar would attract a global audience of bidders.”


The Carparelli/Hirst guitar was displayed prominently in the Christie’s window in London, England prior to the auction. "At the auction, the guitar drew fierce interest from European, American and Asian collectors, and eventually sold to an internet bidder for $147,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $48,000 to $65,000,” says Lock Kresler, Head of Sales at Christie’s London. “We are thrilled to have been able to support War Child and to have realised such a substantial amount of money.”


“War Child is delighted to receive the proceeds from the sale of the Damien Hirst painted Carparelli guitar and would like to thank both Damien Hirst and Mike Carparelli for this very generous donation,” says Dr. Samantha Nutt, Executive Director and Founder of War Child. “The funds raised will directly support War Child’s work to support conflict affected children in some of the most devastated regions of the world.”


“We have hit on a really successful model for fundraising for great causes,” says Carparelli. “As a company, we will be looking for other opportunities to partner with famous artists to paint our guitars and auction them off for charity.”


About Carparelli Guitars. Carparelli is a Toronto-based company that makes guitars of exceptional sound, feel and design. Mike Carparelli, CEO and Chief Luthier at Carparelli Guitars, leads teams of master guitar builders in Canada, Germany and South Korea who are committed to producing electric and acoustic guitars whose quality dazzles even the most accomplished musicians. Carparelli’s goal is to offer people at all skill levels instruments that elevate their musical talent.


About War Child. War Child works with children all over the world to reduce the effects of poverty, provide an education and to defend and promote child rights. War Child works to help children whose lives have been torn apart by conflict, and provide them with the means to build a brighter future.


Christies Window London


Christies Window London

World Renowned Christie's Auction Site Displaying The Carparelli Damien Hirst Guitar To Be Auctioned Off For War Child

Leading British artist Damien Hirst, whose bold works have set records in London’s auction houses, has painted a guitar using his celebrated ‘spin painting’ technique and donated the work to War Child. The stunning guitar will be auctioned at Christie’s London (UK) showroom on 17th February 2011, with all proceeds going to support War Child’s work with children affected by conflict.


The Scarborough Nine guitar, made by Canadian manufacturer Carparelli, who generously donated the instrument for this project, will be on display at Christie’s over the holiday season. http://www.christies.com/about/locations/south-kensington/


The Carparelli Damien Hirst Guitar was on display in the front window of the world famous Auction House for the world to view.


All proceeds from this very special collaboration will go to the War Child Charity.


It has been a humbling experience to work with such professional people for a worthy cause and to have quite possibly the worlds finest artist grace his vision on a Carparelli Guitar.


Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates
© Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011.