Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers by Takashi Murakami. Sotheby’s Auctions

Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers by Takashi Murakami. Sotheby’s Auctions
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Sotheby’s to Stage Fundraising Auction In Support of the ‘1 in 11’ Campaign.


Takashi Murakami, Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers, 2015 (est. £200,000-300,000) ©2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Launched by FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia and UNICEF To Extend Educational Opportunities to Children in Bangladesh, Indonesia & Nepal.

FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach OutTo Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF today launched the ‘1 in 11’ campaign to extend educational opportunities to marginalized children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, with the goal of expanding to more countries.

Globally, one in 11 primary school-age children – or 58 million out of 650 million children – are out of school. The majority are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable: children living in areas affected by conflict; children in extreme poverty; children with disabilities; children from indigenous communities. In addition, in many schools, sports programming does not exist, even though studies have shown that including sports in school curricula can inspire children to attend and stay in school, lead to better physical health, and help to improve their grades.

The ‘1 in 11’ campaign will raise funds through individual donations and a major art auction at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday 12th February, featuring donated works by 17 renowned artists including Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Shirin Neshat.

Hirst and Murakami have created specially commissioned works of art featuring Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona player, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and President of the Lionel Messi Foundation. Murakami designed the campaign logo.

Takashi Murakami said: “I’m delighted to be able to support the ‘1 in 11’ campaign through donating my artwork to the auction and designing the global campaign logo. I know the money raised by the campaign is going to help some of the most marginalised and vulnerable children across the world. ‘1 in 11’ will inspire the world that integrating sport and play into education can be the catalyst to unlock a child’s potential”.

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