An art auction in Topsham last weekend raised more than £14,000 for town charity Devon in Sight.

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The hammer went down on more 100 pieces of art during the sale at The Art Room in the Strand.

One lot alone raised £2,500, the 1991 oil on canvas A Wave in Summer by Benedict Rubbra; and Graham Rich’s 2005 work Winter Windshifts River Exe made £1,950.

Art by Clifford Fishwick, Margaret Dean, Ann Harris, Hilary Goddard, Robert Jennison, Martin Bentham, Peter Thursby, Michael Garton, Lesley Kerman, Peter Randall-Page, Ray Balkwill and Roger Dean, among others, was also donated to the sale.

The auction was overseen by Christopher Hampton, of auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter, and organised by Deborah Wood, of The Art Room, as well as Devon in Sight staff and volunteers.

The total realised at the auction was £14,103, and the charity hopes more money can be raised by the sale of some lots which fell only a few pounds short of their reserves.

Devon in Sight chairman Gwyn Dickinson said: “We’re all absolutely delighted to have raised so much money at this amazing event.

“On behalf of everyone at Devon in Sight I’d like to thank auctioneer Christopher Hampton, who gave his services free of charge, Deborah Wood of The Art Room for all the effort she put in to making the event the success it was, everyone who donated artwork to the auction and, of course, all those who so generously bid for the fine items on sale.

“I’d also like to thank Devon in Sight fundraiser Christina Zheng and our team of volunteers who put so much work in behind the scenes.

“The money raised will go to helping us to run our vital services supporting people with visual impairments across the county, assisting them in day-to-day tasks and helping them to be as independent as possible.

“As a charity we receive no money from central government and so rely on the generosity of the public to enable us to continue with our essential work.”


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