To honor the memory of Albert Uderzo who passed away on March 24, his wife Ada Uderzo and his daughter Sylvie wanted to pay their respect to the French hospital staff by donating five original pages to be sold during a charity auction organized by Artcurial in Paris on May 26. Among them are three Astérix pages, a Tanguy et Laverdure page, and a page from Oumpah-Pah.
“My husband was deeply touched by the terrible healthcare crisis we are going through. A month after his passing, my daughter Sylvie and I were determined to carry out what he would have done himself by supporting and thanking caregivers, the new heroes in every French village!”, said Ada Uderzo.
Five lots will be presented: three pages from the adventures of Astérix, a Tanguy and Laverdure page, and a page from Oumpah-Pah. The Astérix pages are all Indian ink on paper from the albums Astérix and Obélix All at Sea, Astérix and the Actress and Astérix and the Secret Weapon, each estimated at 80,000 – 120,000€. The Tanguy et Laverdure page is an Indian ink, pencil and blue coloured pencil on paper from the Escadrille des cigognes album published in 1964 and prepublished in the newspapers Pilote (estimation: 60,000 – 100,000€). The Oumpah-Pah page is an Indian ink on paper from the album Le Peau rouge published in 1961 by Lombard editions and prepublished in 1958 in Tintin magazine. It is estimated between 40,000 and 60,000€.
“Artcurial is delighted to promote this special sale as a testament to the generosity of Albert Uderzo, one of the greatest Comic Strips illustrator in the world.” Eric Leroy, Comic Strips expert, Artcurial
The funds collected will be donated to the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France. A Covid-19 emergency fund has been created within the HP-HF Foundation to support:
• Hospitals: the funds collected will help to purchase medical and paramedical equipments
• Medical staff: the funds will contribute to improving working conditions: hot meals delivery or assisting with the payement of various expenses (transportation, accomodation, child care)
• Patients: the funds will help with the delivery of digital tablets to hospitals and retirement homes. Thus allowing patients to keep in touch with their family.
The Foundation was established in 1989 and has been chaired by Brigitte Macron since June 2019. Its aim is to turn healthcare facilities into living environments for fragile people in hospitals (children, teenagers, young adults and the elderly). The Foundation started the Pièces Jaunes (“small change”) campaign for children and teenagers in hospital and has given almost €150 million in grants for 15,419 projects so far. It has been registered as a charity since 1994 and is a member of the committee overseeing the code of conduct for organisations raising funds from the general public.
The Uderzo auction to benefit Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France: May, 26 2020
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Next Comic Strips auction: June, 27 2020
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