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Art for hearts: anonymous heART project raises over £43,000

27 November, 2018

467 pieces of A5 artwork, 226 contributors and nine exclusive auction pieces later, our anonymous heART project has finally come to an end, raising over £43,000 for Heart Research UK’s pioneering medical research.

Artwork from huge names across the world of art, entertainment and politics, including Steven Brown, Nick Cave, David Cameron, Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson and Theresa May joined with creative Heart Research UK supporters to create their original masterpieces, which were auctioned on eBay between 2 – 11 November.

Though we provided a full list of contributors, the artist of each piece was kept anonymous for the duration of the auction. Now, we can reveal who created what and you can find out by visiting our anonymous heART project page.

Every single piece of artwork found a new home, and the bestselling piece from the online auction was an original ‘Hearty McCoo’ by renowned artist Steven Brown, commanding a remarkable £975.

The second highest seller was a self-portrait titled ‘You are indispensable’, by worldwide star, Nick Cave, clocking in at £860.

Making up the top three was an original painting by Ralph Steadman, most famous for designing the artwork for Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.’ ‘Red Whizz’ fetched a very healthy £670.

All the 467 pieces of artwork were on display at an invitation-only exhibition at King’s Place, London, where a further £5,000 was raised with an exclusive auction of larger art pieces generously donated by a host of international artists. The best seller on the night was another Steven Brown, an artist’s proof of ‘Wee Ben McCoo’, with the hammer falling at £1,500.

The project reached over 8m people on Twitter, including 14 year old Jay Mellor over in Winnipeg, Canada. Jay, who is autistic, has a love of computers and created his

‘Mr anonymous heART’ – Jay Mellor

digital artwork ‘Mr Anonymous Heart’ for our online auction.

‘Mr Anonymous Heart’ went on to sell for £50. Karen Mellor, Jay’s mother, said: “When Jay was younger he was non-verbal. Art became a way for him to express himself as speech can be difficult. This is the first time he has ever done something like this on his own. He is so happy that he received 17 bids and his work was included in the fundraiser.

“We are so happy that Jay had a chance to participate and help out with the cause.”

Barbara Harpham, Heart Research UK Chief Executive said: “We have never had such a response for a fundraising campaign. Artists and celebrities from all over the world donated artwork and the online auction was flooded with bidders until the last second.

“From the comments we’ve had, supporters really enjoyed the thrill of winning their chosen pieces and there is certainly enthusiasm to have this a regular event. Next time, it will be even bigger and better and pay for even more pioneering heart research.”

If you’d like to be involved in the anonymous heART project in the future, please contact Rachel on or call 0113 2347474. There’s loads of ways you can support us, check out the ‘Support Us’ on our website for inspiration.