Auction and dinner raise $250k for Waterloo arts space

The Private Museum's inaugural gala dinner, attended by some 200 guests, included a private auction which sold off works by late Singapore artist Anthony Poon and five other established artists.
The Private Museum's inaugural gala dinner, attended by some 200 guests, included a private auction which sold off works by late Singapore artist Anthony Poon and five other established artists.PHOTO: THE PRIVATE MUSEUM/MARCUS HO

The late Singapore artist Anthony Poon's maquette, a scale model of a bigger sculpture, went under the hammer over the weekend in a private auction held at The Private Museum's (TPM) inaugural gala dinner.

The abstract artist and sculptor's work was sold during the event attended by some 200 guests which raised more than $250,000 for the non-profit collaborative arts space in Waterloo Street.

Besides the maquette by Poon, who died in 2006, five other works by established artists, including Chua Ek Kay and Han Sai Por were, also sold at the auction said TPM director Rachel Teo.

TPM was founded in 2010 by Singapore philanthropist and property developer Daniel Teo to provide a platform to showcase collectors' collections, hold artists' estate shows, and solo and group art exhibitions, as well as organise overseas exchange programmes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Auction raises $250k for Waterloo arts space'. Print Edition | Subscribe