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A benefit auction that exceeded expectations


Last Thursday, February 23, a beautiful thing happened in Myslbek.

Thanks to the charity auction of photographs by Jan William Drnek, it was possible to raise a beautiful 200,000 CZK for the Foundation Fund Příběhy.

More than two-thirds of the forty exhibited photographs were auctioned. 44% of the works were auctioned via Livebid, and a dramatic battle broke out in the hall for some works. In the end, the final amount rose to a beautiful 200,000 crowns. "I really didn't expect such an amazing result" Janice Drnková let herself be heard right after the auction.

In the auction, we presented the photographs of Jan William Drnek, whose name has been heard in recent months mainly in connection with the unique project The Slav Epic comprehensively mapping the iconic work of Alfons Mucha in its smallest detail. For this occasion, the author dedicated a series of large-format documentary photographs from the workshop of the well-known glassmaker Bořek Šípek, but above all complete cycles from his own travels in Africa, India and Bhutan, where his ability to sensitively merge with local customs helped him record the authenticity of the everyday life of local residents. The auctioneers were most interested in scenes of wild scenery from Bhutan, specifically the works of the Himalayas within reach and the Chain Bridge from the 15th century.
All proceeds from this charity auction will go to partners Silvia Dymáková and Petr Bělík, the founders of the Foundation Fund Příběhy, who have been personally helping people with a disadvantaged life situation, especially pensioners and single parents, for several years. "Just yesterday, we noticed a sad story of a single father who was left alone with two children after the death of his wife. In addition to the emotional damage, one income was lost, the family had to leave the apartment and now has nowhere to go. Part of the proceeds from the auction could probably go to these people, and the rest will be distributed among other single parents and pensioners. Money is still needed in many places," explains Silvie Dymáková.

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