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Prada's auction at Sotheby's

To raise funds for UNESCO's Global Education Coalition

Prada's auction at Sotheby's  To raise funds for UNESCO's Global Education Coalition

At the peak of the pandemic, school closures to contain its spread interrupted the education of more than 1.5 billion children and youth – 90% of the world’s students – disproportionately impacting girls and women, for whom education is often a lifeline. 

Prada and Sotheby’s unveiled a selection of highlights from ‘Tools of Memory’, an online auction to raise funds for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and its efforts to safeguard learning for students around the world. Prada will donate its proceeds raised in this auction to specifically benefit UNESCO’s new campaign entitled Keeping girls in the picture and their Global Education Coalition’s Gender Flagship, which has been leading collaborative efforts to promote the continuity of learning during closures and ensure a safe return to school for all women everywhere. 

An online sale like no other, every item featured is an original piece from the Prada Fall/Winter Men’s and Women’s fashion shows, including one-of-a-kind garments worn by the models, photographic prints of candid moments backstage, polaroid, seat cards and invitations, objects from the runway décor, and vinyl with the accompanying music for both presentations by Frédéric Sanchez. Further items include unique garments, footwear and eyewear, handbags and jewellery, which will not be available to purchase in Prada’s stores but will be offered exclusively here. Highlights of the catalogue include sleeveless painted leather upside-down rams, Saffiano leather puffer jackets and even the fringed jacket worn by Gigi Hadid - who also took some of the photos for sale while you can buy the Atlas and Anti-Hero sculptures created by Rem Koolhaas for the FW20 show.

The sale features 72 lots in total and will open for bidding on Sotheby’s website from 2-15 October. Pop-up teaser exhibitions will also be staged at Sotheby’s in London and New York in the lead up to the sale. More info here