Thai art took centre stage at the recent charity auction organised at the Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok by the Thai Maternal and Child Health Network under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Srirasm.
The event, which served to raise funds for the Premature Baby Support Project, was graced by HRH Princess Srirasm.
This was the first auction held by the Thai Maternal and Child Health Network, and probably not the last, with proceeds going to help provide better chances for survival of premature babies who are at risk of complications and abnormalities such as blindness, chronic lung disease or brain damage. The most urgent problem with premature babies at the moment is irregular development of the retina which requires immediate prognosis and treatment to prevent permanent blindness.
And art lovers were happy to contribute to such a good cause, by bidding for a total of 33 lots at an auction handled expertly by Christie's Auction (Thailand) with the hammer wielded by Yaovanee (Nirandara) Chorvichien.
The auction proceeded swiftly, and the bidding was fast and furious, achieving sales at the end of the evening of 22.57 million baht.
Topping the big spenders was Anutin Charnvirakul of Sino-Thai Public Co Ltd, who successfully bid for three pieces, signing a cheque for a total of 5.95 million baht.
Among these was the piece that earned the highest bid at four million baht _ an oil portrait of HRH Princess Srirasm by Chaiwut Thiempan.
Other top earners were Father of the Nation, a sculpture by Nonthiwat Chantanapalin, which was won by Paiboon Damrongchaitham, chairman of GMM Grammy with a bid of three million baht, and an acrylic painting, Daughter with the Kratoom Tree by Chalood Nimsamer which was bought by Panya Nirankul, CEO of Workpoint Entertainment for 1.7 million baht.
Mr Paiboon had apparently set his eyes on the sculpture, arriving hours earlier to view the piece, scrutinising it from every perspective before bidding began.
Mr Panya also did very well, picking up pieces from not only one National Artist, but three. His other winning bids were one million baht for an oil painting with gold leaf titled Fight by Prayad Phongdam, and 300,000 baht for a graphic work of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha titled Light of Suvarnabhumi by Preecha Thao-thong.
Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul and Anutin Charnvirakul view a portrait of the royal family.
Far left to right, Panya Nirankul and Nualphan Lamsam; Ausanee Mahagitsiri Leonio and Lawrence Leonio; Pravesvudhi and Kessuda Raiva; ‘Fight’ by Prayad Phongdam.
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