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Dialogue benches by the artists Michael Kvium and Maria Rubinke are among the items when Bruun Rasmussen holds a charity auction in collaboration with Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames
Dialogue benches by the artists Michael Kvium and Maria Rubinke are among the items when Bruun Rasmussen holds a charity auction in collaboration with Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames

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Charity auction supports the fight for diversity and inclusion

Help support the fight for diversity and inclusion when WorldPride and EuroGames hold a charity auction in order to support LGBTI+ rights and equality. Several artworks and unique items can currently be viewed at Bruun Rasmussen’s website, where you can place your bid online until 31 August when the charity hammer falls.

An oversized frog on a bench and a bright yellow bench decorated with three black eggs. The two Danish artists Maria Rubinke and Michael Kvium have each created two of the more than 30 items at a charity auction held by WorldPride and EuroGames as a part of Copenhagen 2021. All items have been donated by various artists and organisations including rainbow-coloured LEGO sets and MATE X bikes in various colours.

Katja Moesgaard, Chair of Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames, says:

The enormous breadth and variety of the Danish businesses who have supported Copenhagen 2021 is testament to the business community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we are delighted to be partnering with Bruun Rasmussen for this fundraising auction. We hope that it will raise important funds for Copenhagen Pride and Pan Idræt for their advocacy and campaigns for LGBTI+ equality for years to come.

The auction takes place online at Bruun Rasmussen’s website, and at Bruun Rasmussen they have also looked forward to the collaboration:

“Art creates dialogue, and this ability and the importance of it is at the core of what Copenhagen 2021 is about. At Bruun Rasmussen, it has therefore been an obvious choice for us to collaborate with Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames in order to create visibility and support the fight for diversity and inclusion through art. As an art and auction house, we are very happy to be able to include two of the hottest names in the art world, Maria Rubinke and Michael Kvium, at the auction. Their dialogue benches will serve a good cause," says Bruun Rasmussen’s Director of Branding, Alexa Bruun Rasmussen.

Support Copenhagen 2021

The charity auction is one of many events during Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames – an LGBTI+ event hosted by Copenhagen Pride and Pan Idræt, which includes more than 1,000 events in Copenhagen and Malmö between 12-22 August – from sporting events to art and culture.

The funds raised by the auction will support Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames as well as its parent organisations, Copenhagen Pride and Pan Idræt, and advocate for LGBTI+ equality in Denmark and internationally. This includes advocacy and campaigns for LGBTI+ people in countries such as Hungary and Poland and expanding the reach and participation for LGBTI+ people in sport.

From Kvium and Rubinke to rainbow-coloured LEGO sets

Among the auction’s highlights are two so-called “dialogue benches” created by the renowned Danish artists Michael Kvium and Maria Rubinke. The two distinctive benches have been exhibited in Tivoli throughout the summer for free use by guests with an overall goal of bringing more attention to the need for dialogue, openness, and diversity. Currently, the bench by Michael Kvium as well as a similar version of Maria Rubinke's bench can be viewed in Bruun Rasmussen’s window in Bredgade.

Other items up for auction include a hotel stay, rainbow-coloured LEGO-sets, MATE X bikes, bObles Rainbow products, and more.

All of the auction lots can be viewed at bruun-rasmussen.dk, where you can place your bid until 31 August when the charity hammer begins to fall at 7 pm.

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Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.

In 2004, the first Online Auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Sweden, Germany, England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are put up for auction each year at the Live Auctions, the daily Online Auctions and - the latest edition - Direct Auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.

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"Going once, going twice. Sold to the lady in the front row”. For 75 years, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has sold art, antiques, design, jewellery, wristwatches and collector’s items in the heart of Copenhagen. It was Arne Bruun Rasmussen who founded the auction house at Bredgade 33 in 1948, and until 2022 the Bruun Rasmussen family owned the company. Today, the company is owned by the British auction house Bonhams - one of the world's leading and oldest auction houses.

Being a part of Bonhams, means that Bruun Rasmussen has joined a global network, which benefits both the art and the customers, the latter has gained access to far more auctions and the former has a better chance of achieving the market's best hammer prices. The goal is to constantly confirm to our customers that Bruun Rasmussen is a sought-after auction house with the highest expertise in valuation and sales. Bonhams and Bruun Rasmussen share the core values of knowledge, credibility, commitment and renewal, and the old Copenhagen auction house will thus continue to base its business on its well-known values under the auspices of Bonhams.

With CEO Jakob Dupont at the helm, an extensive digitization process has taken place during the past years, making the auction house a significant player on the international market. With solid experience and in-depth knowledge complemented by highly professional advice and appraisal service, the company is the link between sellers and interested buyers from all over the world. Every year, 70,000 unique works of art are sold at three types of auctions – the traditional Live Auctions and the two web-based auctions Online Auction and Direct Auction.

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