Sculpture of Bocelli auctioned for 700, 000 euros

(AGI) Rome, Sept. 24 - A sculpture of Andrea Bocelli has beenauctioned for 700,000 euros at a charity in Florence. Thelife-size statue in marble was sold during the second CelebrityFight Night Italy benefit. It represents the Italian tenorsitting on the famous 'Proust' armchair by Alessandro Mendini.The money will be used by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation tobuild two schools in remote communities in Haiti, wherecurrently no education is available. The foundation will alsocontinue its intervention in three other communities on theCaribbean island, providing education, food and healthcare to2,550 children. The artwork,

(AGI) Rome, Sept. 24 - A sculpture of Andrea Bocelli has beenauctioned for 700,000 euros at a charity in Florence. Thelife-size statue in marble was sold during the second CelebrityFight Night Italy benefit. It represents the Italian tenorsitting on the famous 'Proust' armchair by Alessandro Mendini.The money will be used by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation tobuild two schools in remote communities in Haiti, wherecurrently no education is available. The foundation will alsocontinue its intervention in three other communities on theCaribbean island, providing education, food and healthcare to2,550 children. The artwork, 'Tribute to Andrea Bocelli' wasmade of Carrara marble by 'MarbleMan' - the stage name ofGualtiero Vanelli. It was purchased by Larry Ruvo and his wifeCamille, famous American billionaires and philanthropists andfounders of 'Keep Memory Alive', an international organisationthat supports patients with neurological disorders. Gualtiero Vanelli is also the artist who created 'Robot City -Italian Art Factory' and 'Peak6 BEST MARBLE'. He has given hisfull support to the charity event, joining forces with theAndrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali ParkinsonCentre. This year's charity raised a total of over twelvemillion dollars. It was not the first time that Vanelli, afriend of the Bocelli family, worked together with the famoustenor. Recently, he made a six-metre high copy of Mendini'schair for another charity in Lajatico, Tuscany. He also lentanother of his monumental work: a Steinway & Sons piano madeentirely in Carrara marble. The instrument was played byBocelli during the opening event of EXPO 2015, which wasbroadcast worldwide. (AGI) . .