The love all auction, created by the Elena Baltacha Foundation and GeeWizz, working alongside Judy Murray, has announced the total raised is £110,960 in final bids. Proceeds from the auction will support grassroots and community tennis programmes in the UK, international screening and research into women’s cancers and palliative care for young adults with cancer and life limiting illnesses in East Anglia. www.loveallauction.com
Over 130 items of tennis memorabilia, artworks, collectibles, and experiences went under the virtual online hammer attracting bids from across the UK and beyond.
The auction featured items personally donated by international tennis stars including Andy and Jamie Murray, Emma Raducanu, Coco Gauff, Lleyton Hewitt, Naomi Osaka, Billie Jean King and more. It was also supported by international musicians and other stars from the world of entertainment including Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard, Peter Crouch, Clare Balding and Anton du Beke. Bidders were able to choose from a wide range of hospitality, entertainment, fine dining, sporting and live music experiences including Wimbledon centre court tickets and a behind the scenes tour and 'meet n greet' with Sue Barker.
The bidding heating up during the final closing hours on Sunday 21 November with the following lots making the top ten bids:
1. Sir Cliff Richard signed memorabilia; spanning his prolific career; from handwritten lyrics to his first 1958 hit single Move It, his autobiography The Dreamer published in 2020 & a performance jacket hot off the press from his current The Great 80 Tour - £8,600
2. Naomi Osak’s signed Murakami limited edition Yonex racket - £5,100
3. Wimbledon 2022 Centre Court Experience - £2,700
4. Defected Croatia 2022 ultimate music experience - £2,600
5. Decoy Studio a day’s recording or mixing with award winning sound engineer Cenzo Townsend - £2,600
6. Castore’s Corporate Box Hospitality at Rangers FC home match - £2,500
7. WTA Finals 2022 with behind the scenes access & hotel accommodation - £2,200
8. BB Pack’s The Big Four artwork featuring Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic , accompanied by a Certificate of Authentication - £2,100
9. Sir Andy Murray’s signed HEAD Radical racket & a commemorative tube of Wimbledon 2013 Championship tennis balls - £2,000
10. Emma Raducanu’s signed WILSON US Open 2021 Replica Racket Signed - £1,950
“We are so grateful to the tennis world for uniting in support of love all.” Judy Murray said. “The auction also featured many remarkable lots from the worlds of music, entertainment, visual arts and hospitality. I would especially like to thank all of our amazing lot donors and our generous final bidders in helping to raise much needed funds to help battle cancer and to introduce the physical, social and mental health benefits of tennis to disadvantaged children and communities, who would not otherwise have the chance to play.”
Proceeds from love all will support the newly registered charity Murray Play Foundation, established by Judy Murray, to operate tennis outreach programmes in rural and disadvantaged communities in the catchment around Dunblane Scotland, The Queen's Club Foundation, supporting community programmes in Hammersmith & Fulham, WTA Charities ACEing Cancer Campaign supporting international screening, care and research into women's cancer, the Elena Baltacha Foundation, Zest providing palliative care for young adults with cancer and life limiting illnesses in East Anglia, and GeeWizz children's charity to fund LTA Suffolk tennis disability programmes for children with special educational needs in East Anglia and research by Sarcoma UK, the bone and soft tissue cancer charity.
Tennis legend, Elena Baltacha, sadly lost her battle to cancer in 2014, aged just 30. At the height of her career, she was committed to introducing the sport to disadvantaged children in her adopted hometown of Ipswich, Suffolk. Her legacy is the Elena Baltacha Foundation.
The tennis world has been hit by cancer in many different ways, and in the wake of Elena's death in 2014, the tennis family united in the Rally 4 Bally campaign to raise funds for her Foundation. Now the international tennis community is ready to come together again to help the many people from all walks of life affected by this awful disease and to introduce tennis to disadvantaged children and communities in the UK.
love all auction was hosted by thesalesroom.com and Lacy Scott & Knight with special thanks to Cadogan Tate for transporting artworks.