>> Art imitating one of the most tragic episodes in recent British life, London's Grenfell Tower blaze, that claimed the lives of 80 people in June. These works by some of the UK's most successful contemporary artists to be sold in London on Monday. The proceeds will be divided between 158 surviving families.
>> I'm Reuters' Saskia O'Donoghue at Sotheby's Auction House in Central London. There are 31 pieces here from artists ranging from Tracey Emin to Antony Gormley. Experts here say the collection could raise around a million pounds to benefit those affected by the fire. An auction like this usually take six to nine months to organize, but this event was organized in around ten weeks, thanks to the positive response from artists, says film producer, Hamish McAlpine, one of the auction's organizers.
>> So artists get approached the whole time. So it's very difficult to actually persuade artists to donate work. But in this case, virtually all of the artists here are Londoners and Grenfell touched their souls. And so yeah, virtually everybody said yes immediately.>> Some works made especially for the auction such as Tacita Dean's Lay the Dust With Tears.
Others renamed for the sale, such as Sarah Lucas' Eating a Banana (For Grenfell). 80 people died, when a fire tore through the 24-story housing block in June. Many of the survivors have yet to be rehoused and are still living in hotels. This auction hoping to provide some financial support to people who have lost so much.