Original artworks donated by artist Karl Maughan had fetched bids in excess of $21,000 as of Thursday.
Bids for an online art auction to raise funds for Ukrainian children had reached more than $51,000 as of Friday morning, but organizer Christian Kasper hopes to double that sum in the coming days.
The auction features original artwork donated by 19 New Zealand artists including Karl Maughan and Dick Frizzell. It ends on Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m.
All monies raised will be donated to a fund dedicated to supporting children in Ukraine, run by the German charity Ein Herz für Kinder.
The auction was organized by Fishmob, an art print company founded by Christian Kasper and Auckland artist Dick Frizzell.
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Kasper said the idea for the auction came about because he and Frizzell wanted to do something to help with the situation in Ukraine.
“We think the real sufferers are all the children…they will be separated from their parents, have to go to Germany and Poland and leave themselves with people they don’t know,” he said.
“We want to raise as much money as possible”
Frizzell said the project was something he was passionate about, but bringing the auction to life was primarily the work of his business partner.
“I’m just a foot soldier,” Frizzell said.
“Christian said what do you think, and I said shit, if you can, go ahead.”
When the couple first spoke about raising money for Ukrainian children, Frizzell made his contribution in the form of what he does best – creating art and donating. And getting involved in the project was a no-brainer.
“We are all devastated [the situation in Ukraine] … I’m a big fan of fundraisers. I only contribute [my art] and away it goes.”
With Frizzell on board, Kasper said they’ve put out a call to other local artists.
“Everyone started interfering,” he said.
“It took on a life of its own from there.”
New Zealand’s best-known jeweller, Michael Hill, even has donated his own artwork to the cause.
“[He] quickly made a doodle drawing. Dick and I arranged it and we’re hoping to raise a fair amount,” Kasper said.
“He’s actually quite artistic.”
Had the original art by Karl Maughan, known for his garden themed art Reached bids over $21,000 on Friday.
While Kasper is happy with how the auction has gone so far, he hopes to be able to raise a significantly higher amount of money by the end of the auction.
“I would like to double that. In my head, I was aiming for $100,000.”
Original artworks were donated by Dick Frizzell, John Walsh, Gregor Kregar, Grahame Sydney, Max Gimblett, Sara Hughes, Paul Dibble, Weston Frizzell, Jenni Stringleman, Frank Gordon, Karl Maughan, Otis Frizzell, Ricky Drew, Michael Hill, Ewan McDougall, Darryn George, Aaron Obbeek, Ollie Hill, and Dave Sharp.