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Our Sponsors 2009


Sotheby's, founded in 1744, is a global company that engages in prestigious art auctions, private sales and art-related financing. Sotheby's holds auctions in a range of collecting categories, from Contemporary Art, Impressionist, Modern and Russian Art and Old Master Paintings, to Jewellery, Furniture, Books and Wine. With salerooms in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris, Sotheby's provide a global service, and has a long history of supporting international philanthropic activities, both through sponsorship and charity auctions.

Northern Trust

As headline sponsor, Northern Trust has generously supported the Art for Africa event. Northern Trust is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. Founded in 1889, Northern Trust now has a network of offices in 18 U.S. states and international offices in 15 locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Across the globe, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology.

Fuserna Foundation

The Fuserna Foundation revitalises existing charities and individual charitable projects that are failing in their objectives due to financial constraints and/or lack of exposure and publicity. This includes vital projects that have difficulty in raising funds to continue in their operations or get off the ground and without any form of reserve, good contacts or patrons to assist them.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic kindly imported all South African artwork from Johannesburg to the UK for the auction. Virgin Atlantic was developed as an offshoot of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, which was better known at the time as a leading light in the world of pop and rock music. Virgin Atlantic is now based at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports as well as in Manchester.

The Independent

The Independent has supported the Art for Africa project from its inception. The Independent is Britain's newest national newspaper. Founded in 1986, it has won numerous awards over the last 23 years, including Newspaper of the Year and Editor of the Year. It has always been a leader in cultural coverage, with its award-winning Arts & Books section each Friday as well as its daily arts pages and arts news coverage. The Independent has enjoyed media partnerships with the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery, the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, and many other key arts institutions and events.


Martinspeed was established in 1975 to service the transport needs of artists, art collectors, dealers, commercial galleries, public galleries and museums. The activities of the company comprise the storage, packing and crating, installation, transport, import and export of fine art. Martinspeed is thrilled to be involved with the Art for Africa project and is proud to have helped organise the storage, packing and crating of the artworks in the UK and South Africa.


Hiscox has provided the insurance cover for the valuable artworks in the Art for Africa auction. Hiscox is Europe's leading insurer of high value homes and fine art, with a long history of protecting valuable art works. The specialist insurer provides cover for private owners, commercial galleries and auctioneers and valuers, for all risks of loss and damage worldwide.


LVMH generously donated the champagne for the events surrounding the Art for Africa auction.

Simon J Lycett

Simon J Lycett, florist for the Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV and presenter for the Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC, has kindly donated the floral arrangements for the auction at Sotheby's on 21 September.

John Jones

With forty years experience in creating bespoke solutions for the presentation of artwork, John Jones' traditional craft has evolved within the world of fine art and contemporary design, positioning them as market leaders. As the benchmark for quality in their field and an advisor on best practice and conservation, John Jones pride themselves on keeping alive the fine craftsmanship that has gone into making frames for centuries.

John Jones are delighted to show their support for the Art for Africa Auction at Sothebys by creating a series of unique frames for several of the donated works.

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