Joanna Lumley to host unique Christie’s auction for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

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Vicky Hewlett
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2:45pm, 30th November
Photo of Joanna Lumley - credit Ian Rankin

Joanna Lumley OBE is to preside over a very special auction in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity at Christie’s iconic auction house in London on the 9th December. Joanna is a committed and long serving Patron to the charity, which provides specialist nurses and support to seriously ill children.

The lots are part of a Valuable Books and Manuscripts sale, which showcases book illustration throughout the centuries, and include one-of-a-kind illustrations and pieces designed by the charity’s Co-President and renowned Roald Dahl illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. Highlights include two stunning stained-glass window panels featuring Willy Wonka, Charlie and The BFG. The panels were created as test pieces for a stained-glass window installation, which was unveiled in January 2020 by the charity’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Four Roald Dahl Rare Disease Specialist Nurses - Janet, Jacqui, Tina and Sarah - were present at the unveiling along with Felicity Dahl, who founded the charity almost thirty years ago.

Stained glass window panels by Sir Quentin Blake

Other lots in this unique auction include four original and fun Sir Quentin illustrations of the charity’s mascot, Marvin the Marvellous Crocodile, alongside a Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse and children in their care. Guest artist Emily Woodard has also created a festive piece called ‘Christmas at Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’, which depicts a number of well-known Roald Dahl characters dressing the Christmas tree at a hospital. Emily’s design can also be purchased as a Christmas card (e-card or print) via the Making a Difference website with donations going to the charity.

Sir Quentin Blake illustration

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Chief Executive, Louise Griew said: “We would like to thank our wonderful Co-President, Sir Quentin Blake and artist, Emily Woodard for providing such wonderful pieces of their work for this important auction. I would also like to extend our gratitude from everyone at the charity,  to our Founder, Liccy Dahl who has been instrumental in organising this event and our Patron, Joanna Lumley for hosting the auction, which we hope will raise a significant amount to help our network of Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses continue to do their vital work during this challenging time. Families with seriously ill children who have complex, lifelong illnesses need our help more than ever. The pandemic has meant that they are even more isolated than usual and often their Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse is the one person they can turn to for expert advice and emotional support. Every seriously ill child deserves a Roald Dahl Nurse so I hope that anyone looking for a particularly special Christmas gift, will take a look at the lots and place a bid.”

L - Sir Quentin Blake illustration R - Emily Woodard design

L: Sir Quentin Blake illustration; R: Emily Woodard design

In person previews of the lots can be organised from the 3rd December to the 8th December by contacting the charity:

The lots can also be viewed online here.