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Yemen Auction Raises ISK 30 Million

A auction and a market held in Perlan in Reykjavík last weekend for the charity Fatimusjódur Jóhönnu to support impoverished women and children in Yemen raised more than ISK 30 million (USD 355,000, EUR 246,000). Organizers are very pleased.

“It was very successful,” the charity’s founder Jóhanna Kristjánsdóttir told Morgunbladid. All profits from the auction and market will go to impoverished women and children in Yemen’s capital Sanaa and will, among other things, be used to build an elementary school.

“I aimed for 20 million,” Kristjánsdóttir said. The construction of the school will cost around ISK 30 million but in addition to the profits from the auction and market, the charity also received ISK 10 million (USD 118,000, EUR 82,000) in independent contributions.

The auction was managed by former CEO of Glitnir Bank Bjarni Ármannsson. The highest price was received for a lamp designed by Ólafur Elíasson, ISK 2.1 million (USD 25,000, EUR 17,000).

However, participants in the auction fought the hardest for the shirt worn by the captain of the Icelandic men’s handball team Ólafur Stefánsson during their final game at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The shirt was unwashed and signed by all the members of Iceland’s silver team. The captain’s shirt was auctioned off for ISK 1 million (USD 12,000, EUR 8,000).

Click here to read more about the auction.

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