More than £6,000 was raised for charity by the first Great Big Art Auction of the 2018/19 season, with Nuno Espírito Santo and Pep Guardiola artworks each reaching prices in excess of £1,000.
All of Louise Cobbold’s original paintings which front the Wolves matchday programmes this season are being donated with funds raised being shared equally between Cure Leukaemia, Good Shepherd Ministry Wolverhampton, Race Against Blood Cancer and YMCA Black Country.
In the first of four across the season, Guardiola raised an incredible £1,385 with Nuno not far behind at £1,020 and Ashley Barnes also bringing in £990.
Louise was understandably delighted with the results, she said: “This is the first time we have auctioned paintings of players from other teams, so we had no idea how their fans would engage with this project.
“To see the final prices for the likes of Pep and Ashley Barnes, Richarlison too, is a huge encouragement and a testament to the generosity of these fans as well as their willingness to get behind these four fantastic charities.
“For Nuno to also raise over £1,000 is just brilliant. Importantly though, Chris and I are very grateful to every individual that has supported this first auction, from those bidding for paintings to those who shared our posts on social media; not forgetting those behind the camera whose amazing photos I get to paint.”
Limited Edition prints are now available, as Louise is keen for her art to be accessible to all fans, with 10 to 20 percent of profit from sales being donated to Cure Leukaemia.
The next set of artworks are due to be available in the lead up to Christmas.
For more details regarding this season’s auctions or to purchase Limited Edition prints, visit www.sportspersonalities.org. You can also keep up to date with the latest news by following, @SPLouiseCobbold on Twitter, Sports Personalities on Facebook or louisecobboldart on Instagram.