Just a few weeks ago we blogged about the Coutts Beautiful Boxes auction, an eBay auction of donated designer jewellery boxes intended to raise money for Holts Academy of Jewellery in Hatton Garden, and The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. The boxes were designed by big industry names including Alex Monroe, Laurence Llewellyn Bowen and Paul Smith, and sold on the online auction site in order to fund these creative initiatives.
The auction has now taken place, and we are pleased to announce that thousands of pounds were raised for these exceptionally worthy causes. Whilst the total figure is yet to be confirmed, all 21 of the boxes were sold during the week-long auction. Several of the pieces sold for upwards of £700, and the most popular box, designed by famed local illustrator Jimboart, sold for an impressive £3,000 during the final minutes of the sales.
Lee Lucas, the director of Holts Academy, commented that “the jewellery boxes are a lasting legacy of this project and in themselves wonderful heirlooms. The funds raised will help to support our apprenticeship scheme, the only scheme in the UK that is government recognised and support a new generation of jewellers to start their careers.”
We’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone who participated in this fantastic fundraising event and look forward to seeing the new generation of jewellers emerge from Holts Academy into the stores of Hatton Garden.