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OUBEY Bags the Highest Price After Ai Weiwei on the Ebay Charity Auction
The Skateboard/Artboard fund-raising auction for the benefit of the WE-THE-SCHOOL project ran on ebay from 21-27 March 2014 and showcased a line-up of some 20 skateboards/artboards designed and painted by artists and designers from across the world who were ready to donate their work for a good cause. All proceeds of the auction go to financing a skatepark for kids in rural India.
“We’re more than pleased to be supporting such an original idea for such a good cause” was the spontaneous answer given by Dagmar Woyde-Koehler when asked whether she’d be prepared to contribute an artboard by OUBEY to the auction.
A delicate drawing made by OUBEY in 1981 ornamented the skateboard which on 27 March was auctioned for the considerable sum of $ 1,625. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei also contributed a board to the auction. Given the highly prominent profile of this world-famous artist, the fact that OUBEYs artboard came a close second in terms of price and had even more bidders pitching for it, is something we can feel justifiably proud of.
Even so, at the end of the day it’s the overall result of the auction that counts, not the success of any single board. Who knows … perhaps one day some of OUBEYS paintings will travel to this skatepark in India where they’ll make new and surprising encounters.