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THE POWER OF LOVE ~ Leading Artists From Around the Globe Pledge Support for Cancer Patients in Fundraising Sale For The Mimi Foundation at Sothebys ~

Tracey Emin, The Kiss Was Beautiful, est: 30,000-40,000

This October, some 40 leading artists from around the globe will pledge their support for those who are living through the challenges of cancer treatment by donating works, many created especially for the occasion, for a sale at Sothebys in aid of The Mimi Foundation. This groundbreaking charity was founded in 2004 by Myriam Ullens, one of the most important collectors of Contemporary Art, as a result of her own experience with cancer. The Foundation installs and manages wellness centres within hospital wards, offering a wide variety of mental and physical therapies to help patients retain a sense of dignity and emotional strength while undergoing treatment for cancer. Proceeds from the sale which is expected to raise in excess of 1 million will fund the charitys expansion of its activities in Europe, so that patients in Europe will be able to benefit from the range of therapies everything from wigs to massages, to counselling and emotional support which the charity currently offers to patients in Switzerland, Belgium and France.

Myriam Ullens, President of the Mimi Foundation and also a great collector and patron of the arts, said: Cancer is a global problem which must be fought on all fronts, by all sectors of society and by any means possible. With so much support received from the artistic community, including donations from previous patients of the Mimi Foundation, the auction represents how we are all capable of doing our part in the fight against this disease. Artists from around the world (Europe, U.S., Russia, Africa, Middle East, Asia) have offered their support, including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Andreas Gursky, Sterling Ruby, Ryan Trecartin and Michelangelo Pistoletto. The collection is led by a group of prominent Chinese artists, reflecting the deep interest of Mr and Mrs Ullens in Chinese Contemporary Art and their longstanding commitment to promoting new art from the region, including the establishment of The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Works by artists such as Wang Du, Liu Xiaodong, Zhan Wang, Yang Shaobin, Qiu Zhijie and Rong Rong will be offered in the sale. Many of the artists donating work are the Ullens long-time friends and acquaintances; some even have firsthand experience of the benefits The Mimi Foundation offers. Alex Branczik, Head of Sothebys London Contemporary Art Department, said: The international roll call of artists who have contributed works to this sale is an apt reflection both of the importance and universality of the cause, and also of the exceptional role Myriam and Guy Ullens have played for so long now as patrons and promoters of the best in Contemporary art, most famously in China, but also far beyond. The majority of the works to be sold will be exhibited together in Sothebys gallerie s from 12th October in a special exhibition curated by Jrme Sans. Eight will then be sold at an exclusive gala dinner at Sothebys on 16th October, while the remaining works will be offered in Sothebys Contemporary Art Day Auction on Friday 18th October.

Mimi Foundation Exhibition & Auction, Sothebys New Bond Street, W1A 2AA 12-17 October: Exhibition Preview 16 October: Gala Dinner and Auction 18 October: Contemporary Art Day Auction

NOTES TO EDITORS The Mimi Foundation The Mimi Foundation was founded in 2004 by Baroness Myriam Ullens, as a result of her own experience with cancer. The charitys mission is to improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer, more specifically during the entire period of their chemotherapy/ radiotherapy treatment. The Foundation installs and manages wellness centres within hospital wards, offering a wide variety of mental and physical therapies to help patients fight the disease on all fronts. Therapists work alongside a patients doctor to help devise a wellness plan. All treatments are completely free. The centres themselves are designed to offer a haven within the hospital, an escape from the challenges of daily life and the opportunity to meet other patients and seek advice. The Mimi Foundation helps cancer patients face the disease and its effects with more serenity, building confidence, easing suffering and pain, with the ultimate aim to inspire hope. The charity receives private and corporate donations, and organises a number of fundraising events across Europe annually. This is the first time the Mimi Foundation has organised a charity auction.

Myriam Ullens de Shooten Myriam Ullens, along with her husband Baron Guy Ullens, is widely recognised as one of the most important collectors of contemporary art. The couple have devoted much of their lives to philanthropic activity and together they maintain a series of projects in Nepal including orphanages, child-nutrition centers and the Ullens School. The Ullens deep affection for China led them to build one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Chinese art, and in turn establish the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, an art center that promotes artistic development in the region.

Sothebys Sothebys has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sothebys became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sothebys presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sothebys BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sothebys offers collectors the resources of Sothebys Financial Services, the worlds only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Contemporary Art department, and two retail businesses, Sothebys Diamonds and Sothebys Wine. Sothebys has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).