The Big Issue, The Big Art Auction


The Big Issue auction of guitars and artwork

The Big Issue, Creative Giants and The Auction Collective present a fundraising auction of customised Stratocaster guitars and contemporary artwork. With video messages from the artists involved, this live stream auction promises to be an evening of entertainment, fundraising and artist engagement. 


The Big Issue

"The Big Issue exists to create opportunity for the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the UK. In 2020, the world changed significantly, and life has not returned to normal.  Our vendors need your support more than ever and our mission is more important and more challenging than it has been in our 29-year history. We rely on the generosity of the public and are calling for you to support The Big Issue, to help those that need us now and the many that will in the future. You can make a difference. 

 Approximately 3,700 homeless and vulnerable people walk through The Big Issue’s doors every year looking for a hand up, not a hand out. Each vendor works for a living, receiving training and  tailored support. Vendors buy the Big Issue magazine for 50% of the cover price at £1.50 and sell the magazine on for £3, keeping the profit. The income our vendors earn doesn’t only benefit them, it also provides a means for them to play an active and positive role in the communities in which they sell.

COVID-19 was particularly devastating for our vendors. On March 20th 2020, we had to ask vendors to stop selling the magazine for their own health and safety. For 15 weeks vendors were unable to sell and we supported them as best we could.  From 6th July, after a huge health and safety review, we were thrilled to allow vendors to return to selling in a COVID secure way. Our vendors rely on the generous support from the public and we encourage everyone, where possible to buy and take the magazine from their local vendor."

Funds raised from The Big Art Auction will be used to support Big Issue sellers through this challenging winter period, as pandemic lockdown uncertainty makes life even tougher for those who make their living selling the magazine on the streets.  

For more information please visit where you can find out how you can support The Big Issue vendors and subscribe to the magazine.

Live stream |  4 November, 7 pm
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Shipping & Collection 
These artworks can be collected from Finsbury Park, London (N4 3HH).
The cost of shipping is not included in this sale. For shipping quotes please contact [email protected]

Monthly Payment
Monthly payment options are available for all artwork in this auction. Contact The Auction Collective for more information. 

Bidding Enquiries
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The Big Art Auction, The Big Issue, Auction Collective
Joana Vasconcelos 293 Lowres
1. Joana Vasconcelos
Flower Power
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£8,000 - 12,000
Adam Neate, The Auction Collective
2. Adam Neate
Painting, 100 x 130 x 10 cm.
Estimate:£8,000 - 12,000
Goldie 241 Lowres
3. Goldie
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£6,000 - 8,000
Conrad Shawcross, The Auction Collective
4. Conrad Shawcross
Manifold Study (Minor Seventh) 16:9
Sculpture, 54 x 31 x 28 cm.
Estimate:£8,000 - 12,000
Joe Rush 524 Lowres
5. Joe Rush
Homeless Blues
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£4,000 - 6,000
Bran Symondson, The Auction Collective
6. Bran Symondson
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£14,000 - 16,000
Unskilled Worker, The Auction Collective
7. Unskilled Worker
Where's Ted
Work on paper, 70 x 50 cm.
Estimate:£5,000 - 6,000
Gavin Turk 556 Lowres
8. Gavin Turk
Turn it Up
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£14,000 - 16,000
Jamie Reid 419 Lowres
9. Jamie Reid
Time for Magic
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£4,000 - 6,000
Gary Stranger, The Auction Collective
10. Gary Stranger
Print, 80 x 80 cm.
Estimate:£2,000 - 4,000
Vhils 198 Lowres
11. Vhils
Small Scratch
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£8,000 - 12,000
Stanley Dunwood 04 043 Lowres
12. Stanley Donwood
A Collection of Five Etchings
Etching, 60 x 80 cm.
Estimate:£4,000 - 6,000
Lauren Baker 473 Lowres
13. Lauren Baker
Electric Star
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£6,000 - 8,000
The Bridgeman Folio, The Auction Collective
14. The Bridgeman Print Folios
A Selection of Six Fine Art Prints
Print, 62 x 75 cm.
Estimate:£8,000 - 10,000
Rugman 407 Lowres
15. Rugman
Peace, Love and Joy
Guitar, 110 x 15 x 40 cm.
Estimate:£2,000 - 4,000
Bran Symondson, The Auction Collective
16. Bran Symondson
Can you spare any change please?
Dollar Bills
Estimate:£1,500 - 2,500
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