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At a ma­jor fundrais­ing auc­tion held at Sotheby's Lon­don, QR15 mil­lion was raised to help some of the most marginalised and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren across the world.

The auc­tion was in sup­port of ‘1 in 11', a world­wide cam­paign launched ear­lier this year by FC Barcelona Foun­da­tion, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF to ex­tend ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to chil­dren in Bangladesh, In­done­sia and Nepal, with the goal of ex­pand­ing to more coun­tries. The auc­tion fea­tured works from 18 renowned artists, in­clud­ing Qatari artist Yousef Ah­mad (whose un­ti­tled paint­ing alone raised QR125,000), Takashi Mu­rakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Luc Tuy­mans, as well as Mid­dle Eastern artists Etel Ad­nan, Shirin Ne­shat, eL Seed and Wael Shawky, all of whom have col­lab­o­rated with Qatar Mu­se­ums. World foot­ball freestyling cham­pion John Farn­worth filmed a spe­cial per­for­mance amongst the art in Sotheby's Bond Street gal­leries.

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