Beautiful Shakespeare ‘BookBench’ sold at charity auction on London’s Southbank in aid of National Literacy Trust

Painted by artist Lucy Dalzell, this Shakespeare BookBench sold for £3,800 at a charity auction this week – a bargain price, we think you’ll agree, for such a unique and evocative artefact.

Shakespeare's London BookBench 1
After ten weeks on a public art trail in London, the National Literacy Trust’s 50 BookBench sculptures designed by famous artists, children’s illustrators and prominent local artists, were auctioned on Tuesday 7 October 2014.

Hosted by Sotheby’s auctioneer Edward Rising and attended by literary names including Joanna Trollope and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, the ‘Books about Town’ auction raised a stunning £251,500. The most popular BookBenches on the night were Jeeves and Wooster (painted by Gordon Allum), which sold for £9,500, James Bond Stories (by Freyja Dean), which sold for £9,000 and War Horse (designed by Rae Smith and painted by Gerard Strong) which sold for £9,000.

Shakespeare's London Bookbench 2
The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. They work with schools, run literacy projects in disadvantaged communities, and campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents alike.

Other BookBenches that may have special interest for Shakespeare fans included The Canterbury Tales BookBench (by Beth Quinton), which sold for £3,200, The Sherlock Holmes BookBench (by Val Osment). which sold for £4,000, and The Samuel Pepys’ Diary BookBench (by Michele Petit-Jean), which sold for £5,500

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