Bonhams is marking the publication of Marvellously Revolting Recipes, curated by the charity's Founder and Co-President Felicity Dahl, inspired by Roald Dahl stories, with a special auction to benefit Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The online sale will run from 11-20 October, with estimates ranging from £50-5,000. The sale features a collection of illustrations from the recipe book, with many of the illustrators donating their original artwork for the book to be sold in Bonhams special charity auction. Proceeds of the sale will help establish more vital Roald Dahl Nurses and support thousands of seriously ill children and their families across the UK. Highlights of the sale include six illustrations by the charity’s Co-President Sir Quentin Blake. Lots from the sale, including Blake’s Illustration for Hot Noodles Made from Poodles on a Slice of Garden Hose from James and the Giant Peach (estimate: £1,500-2,000) along with his Illustration for The Enormous Crocodile from The Enormous Crocodile (estimate: £1,000-1,500) retrace this rich relationship that shaped the childhoods of many.
Sir Quentin Blake, Co-President of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, commented: “It was marvellous creating the drawings for this wonderful book, but the benefits from their proceeds is really, really marvellous.” Catherine White, Head of Sale for Modern British & Irish Art, added: “It’s been a pleasure working with the team at Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and at Puffin. We hope that through this collaborative effort, we will help share the magic of Roald Dahl’s legacy with those in need.” Commenting on the book, Dame Joanna Lumley, a patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, said “Aunt Spiker would hate it: but I adore this Marvellously subversive cookbook, filled with inspiring pictures and delicious recipes. The Fried Snowballs would make her shriek with rage. Aprons on, people! There are treats inside for every occasion.” Other highlights of the sale include: · Abe Odedina (Nigerian, born 1960), Two Illustrations for Minced Doodlebugs from James and the Giant Peach, acrylic on panel. · Emily Carew Woodard (British, born 1984), Illustration for Fizzwinkles from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, watercolour, pen and ink, gouache and pencil on paper. · Mini Grey (British, born 1965), Illustration for Vita Wonk from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, watercolour, coloured pencil, ink and collage on printed base. To view the auction and bid for your favourite illustration click here.