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TV auctioneer to host virtual charity art auction

GRAHAM Barton from BBC’s ‘Homes under the Hammer’, is hosting the closing stages of art auction to drum up maximum funds for the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

 With his trademark striped blazer, Graham is perhaps the most instantly recognisable auctioneer in the country thanks to the programme.

The auction is live at www.jumblebee.co.uk/art2021 and closes on Friday, April 30. Graham will present the final hours of the auction between 7pm and 9pm as the lots close.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “The virtual art auction presents a unique opportunity for people to bid on over 120 beautiful artworks donated by local artists, while raising funds to protect the species and special places that inspire them.

“There is something for all artistic tastes, from paintings and textiles to sculptures and ceramics. It is a chance to secure a wonderful piece of art at a great price, while raising funds for a good cause.”

Graham added: “It was a total pleasure to be asked to host this very special auction, and I’m amazed to see the enormous generosity of so many talented local artists in donating their work.

“The natural environment needs us all so I’m really looking forward to playing a part in the auction and encouraging bidders to dig deep for a brilliant cause – it’s going to be nail-biting!”

To view the art donated and to #BidforWildlife visit www.jumblebee.co.uk/art2021

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