Thursday 20th September and online until Sunday 30th September, 6pm BST
Sarah Lucas / Sadie Coles, 4 New Burlington Place, London W1S 2HS

Auctioneer Oliver Barker Deputy Chairman, Europe and Senior International Specialist, Contemporary Art, Sotheby's
With the invaluable support of Francesca Amfitheatrof, A. Bliss, Sadie Coles, Mat Collishaw, Mark Darbyshire, Martin and Wai at Fruitmachine, Margot Henderson, Hiscox, Mark Hix, Lauren Jones, Sarah Lucas, Martinspeed, Louise McKinney, Polly Morgan, Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sotheby's, Hannah Watson

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The Artists

Alighiero e Boetti, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Don Brown, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Chien Chi Chang, Mat Collishaw, Keith Coventry, Angela de la Cruz, Tracey Emin, Alixandra Fazzina, Paul Fryer, Colin Glen, Nan Goldin, Damien Hirst, Rachel Howard, Henry Hudson, Philip Jones Griffiths, Michael Joo, Jannis Kounellis, Abigail Lane, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Richard Long, Sarah Lucas, Robin Maddock, Alex Majoli, Adam McEwen, Harland Miller, Polly Morgan, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, George Osodi, Paolo Pellegrin, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Stephanie Quayle, Boo Saville, Jane Simpson Cindy Sherman, Patti Smith, Jennifer Taylor, Laureana Toledo, Gavin Turk, Keith Tyson, Vedovamazzei, Nick Waplington, Jane and Louise Wilson

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The Situation

Gigi Giannuzzi, the maverick publisher of Trolley Books and more recently TJ Boulting gallery, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. This is devastating news for many who know him and respect his work as one of the bravest and most beautiful of creative forces, publishing through Trolley many important stories through photography, reportage and contemporary art, but also personally, as a rare and one-off crazy spirit.

To support him now, as he has helped and recognised many over the years, artists who know Gigi have donated their work for a special auction to help raise money

for him. The funds will go towards alternative cancer treatments which he is currently seeking at a private clinic near Munich, Germany. The auction will feature works by many major artists, as well as several who have worked directly with Gigi over the years. In particular Polly Morgan and Mat Collishaw have been the driving force behind the artists and auction itself, and Sarah Lucas, who has given over her 'situations' space for the night, has hence given the name of the auction - SITUATION GIGI.


We hope that many of you will be able to support the auction by bidding on the works available either online or in person at the auction itself. Many thanks in advance for all your help and support!

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A Letter From Gigi

Dear Friends,

Since mid June, when I was diagnosed with type IV cancer to the bottom tip of my pancreas with metastases on the liver and around the peritoneal cavity, I have suddenly found myself immersed in a new world that had seemed could never touch me.

Apart from one minor cold in 2004 I had never been sick in my life, and had no need of a regular doctor. I little understood the disease even when my father died of cancer to the colon in 1999. I watched powerlessly as he passed away in just six months and came to think that cancer could be only explained as a psychosomatic reaction, a sort of suicide of the cells. The depth of the knowledge about cancer at the time and the scarce availability of serious information made it really difficult to understand what one was fighting against.

And here I found myself having to cope with my new situation, and three things became very clear very quickly.

Firstly, there was a heartfelt movement of love and attention from a large number of very good friends and people who just respected my achievements. The support from each of you and the extreme sacrifice, fierce spirit and heroism of Masumi and Hannah have helped and continue to help me to face this experience every day.

Secondly, times have changed a lot since 1999 when my father died. Now it is even more difficult to select and absorb the vast quantity of information available through the net, manuals and books. The saturation is such that it feels everybody is trying to sell you something, and taking decisions became difficult.

Thirdly, the amazing blindness of the official orthodox approach to cancer is mind blowing. Far from understanding that cancer concerns all aspects of a human life, that what we eat, drink and breath is suddenly so important, you will never find a classic oncologist suggesting a diet or a behaviour to embrace.

I faced the first inevitable passage through the hospitals and the “best oncologists”. I saw four and talked to many more. The first two in Italy did not manage to explain what chemo really was, nor to talk about cancer. They could only tell me in various degrees of humanity and kindness that my life would change and I could not expect to survive more than a year. The Germans were no different: “The patient receives palliative chemotherapy, the protocol seems to be FOLFOXIRI. If this information is correct, this cancer cannot be cured. An operation does not make sense. The patient should receive palliative chemotherapy”

The official panorama did not offer any way out of this, nor the slightest hope. In every single case the only solutionoffered was chemo and, although it became clear how this “palliative” care was not going to sort out my problems, and was just another way to delay the use of morphine in the later stages, I was convinced to start regardless, and implanted a “port” into my chest to receive my first lethal dose, destined to kill the tumour cells but also everything in between.

They tell you the harshness of the side effects are much reduced with the new chemo drugs, yet my quality of life hit rock bottom. Why should anybody waste the last months of their life in suchpain when no curative option is given, only palliative?

At this point I became convinced that I should find an alternative to the usual system. My search led me to Munich,where I heard about a clinic which would use insulin before infusing chemo to patients, so that only a quarter of the chemo was used than in normal treatments, and so targeting more precisely the cancer cells.

A large Bavarian with the aura more of a guru than an actual doctor entered the room a few minutes after I moved in,with an equipe of Germans dressed in white.

They decided immediately to extract almost 7 litres of ascitic liquid from my stomach, which was something that had been ignored by the Italian hospitals I had come from. Then I went through two applications of the chemo with insulin, and also hyperthermia, in which they heat the body to 41.6 degrees, as cancer cells seemed to be more sensitive to heat than the normal ones.

I also got in touch with a fantastic doctor from Madrid who will supplement the insulin therapy with homeopathic medicines.

Obviously I am still crossing my fingers that these alternative treatments will work, but I am not regretting havingembraced them and I actually feel much better after now then when I started the cures.

After all these years, it’s the first time I find people ready to explain openly what cancer is, what they are working on and obtaining results by using natural products and I am ready to trust them.

This is the main reason why this auction has been organised.

The costs of the decision to take an alternative course will not be met by national insurance in Italy or the UK and the treatment should go ahead with a second and third cycle. The first one cost £25,000. The next ones will be the same each. On top of this the cost of medicines and bio/ homeopathic products will add a lot to the final bill, which I intend to foot using the money raised in the auction.

Having spent my life, and all the money I found, to publish the books that came out with Trolley, hardly commercial titles, I never thought about any kind of protection for myself. I always thought I could go on forever and I could always count on my own strengths. I was wrong, nobody is exempt from this, it could sadly happen to anyone and it happened to me.

I can only thank from the bottom of my heart the artists who have been willing to support me and my decision to try something different, the fantastic team of friends who’ve made it possible and whichever of you who will return home with a work of art you will cherish. And feel grateful for the wonderful life and wonderful people I was allowed to enjoy.

Please Read On

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The Auction

The LIVE auction, which was conducted by Oliver Barker from Sotheby's on Thursday 20th September at 7pm, was a resounding success so an enormous thank you to all the artists and bidders, and of course to Oliver who conducted a thrilling and entertaining auction. THANK YOU!

For those who were unable to bid or were unsuccessful bidders at the live auction please keep checking on the SILENT auction online here, which will be held until 30th September 6pm BST, for another chance to own some amazing artwork and support SITUATION GIGI.


Please note all sale prices will be in Pounds sterling. Successful bidders must pay for shipping. Work is indicated whether it comes framed.


If you have any queries relating to the silent auction please email info@situationgigi.com. Good luck and thank you for all your support so far!

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The Artworks

Alighiero e Boetti
Tutti I Pesci Vennero A Galla

LIVE

Sold
Don Brown
Plums

LIVE

Sold
Mat Collishaw
Venal Muse 1

LIVE

Sold
Keith Coventry
Ontological Picture

LIVE

Sold
Tracey Emin
Untitled (Woman on Bed)

LIVE

Sold
Paul Fryer
Covenant

LIVE

Sold
Rachel Howard
Mea Culpa

LIVE

Sold
Michael Joo
Residual (The Way Through)

LIVE

Sold
Jannis Kounellis
Untitled

LIVE

Sold
Richard Long
Untitled

LIVE

Sold
Sarah Lucas
Hard Nud

LIVE

Sold
Adam McEwen
Untitled

LIVE

Sold
Harland Miller
Death, What’s in it for me?

LIVE

Sold
Polly Morgan
Robin

LIVE

Sold
Tim Noble And Sue Webster
Nihilistic Optimistic

LIVE

Sold
Boo Saville
Gigi’s Slippers

LIVE

Sold
Gavin Turk
Camouflage Fright Wig Fluorescent

LIVE

Sold
Carla Borel
Gigi, Art Car Boot Fair

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Ground Control

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Chien Chi Chang
The Lady, Yangon

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Angela de la Cruz
Cover ‘Magazine’

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Alixandra Fazzina
Serere, rainstorm #1

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED!
Colin Glen
The Hook

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Henry Hudson
Gigi

SILENT

Henry Hudson
Tate Modern toilet – 5/6/2011

BIDDING ENDED
Philip Jones Griffiths
Boy Smashing A Piano, Wales

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Abigail Lane
Nature’s Way

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED!
Marco Lanza
Cripta Dei Cappuccini #49

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Portmanteau (Maquette)

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Robin Maddock
God Forgotten Face series (Jesters)

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Alex Majoli
Cairo, The night Mubarak gone

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Misha World
Rio

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Jamie Morgan
Indian

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
George Osodi
MEND Militants, undisclosed location, Niger Delta

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED
Benedetto Pietromarchi
Untitled

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Pure Evil
Carlo Ponti’s Nightmare (Sofia Loren)

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Stephanie Quayle
Baby Bull

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Jamie Reid
God Save The Queen

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Barry Reigate
Untitled (wood equation 11)

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Boo Saville
Gigi’s Spliff

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Cindy Sherman
Untitled

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Jane Simpson
Landscape skirt

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Jane Simpson
The Electrified Sewing Refrigerator

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Patti Smith
Fig Leaf Blood

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Jennifer Taylor
Portal

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Laureana Toledo
The Dream In You

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Vedovamazzei
Five Hundred English Sheets

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Nick Waplington
Girl Sleeping in the Moonlight

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Nick Waplington
The Sickness of Reason

SILENT

Bidding Ended
Stuart Duff
Untitled #08

SILENT

BIDDING ENDED!
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Raised So Far

£|2|2|7|,|4|0|0|

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The venue


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Contact

For more information or if you have any enquires about
the auction or how to bid please contact us at

info@situationgigi.com

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Supporters

Francesca Amfitheatrof, A. Bliss, Justin and Harvey at Broadland Digital, Sadie Coles, Mat Collishaw, Mark Darbyshire, Martin and Wai at Fruitmachine, Margot Henderson, Hiscox, Mark Hix, Lauren Jones, Sarah Lucas, Martinspeed, Louise McKinney, Polly Morgan, Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sotheby's, Hannah Watson