One of Ed Sheeran‘s “Splash Planet” painting was sold at auction, raising more than $70,000 for a cancer charity. The abstract painting that resembles one of abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock’s “drip” paintings was won by a bidder on the East Coast of the U.S. who paid $27 for a raffle ticket to the event.
The sale raised $70,689 for the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, with the organization’s chief executive, Karen Hare, telling BBC News that, “We have been overwhelmed and delighted by the support we have been given, both here and abroad, and it’s been absolutely fantastic to know that we have raised over £51,000 through ticket sales and donations.”
Describing the large canvas featuring brightly colored drips and slashes of paint, Sheeran said it was one of images featured on the cover of his 2020 “Afterglow” single.
In a video message recorded before the raffle — whose winner was announced on Monday — Sheeran said, “The painting is one of mine, one of the big splashy ones that you saw in the ‘Afterglow’ cover.”
Back in February, Sheeran, 30, hinted that he’s ready to release a new album this year. “I’ll be back online with the 4th instalment in the series later this year, until then.” The four-part series he was referring to are his debut + (or Plus from 2011), his sophomore album from 2014 × (Multiply) and 2017’s ÷ (Divide). Assuming he’s completing the elementary mathematical operations of arithmetic, it’s a safe bet that he’ll name his next effort – (Minus).
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The painting will be going overseas to the East Coast of America to Claire Faynor who entered the raffle!
HUGE congratulations to Claire!
— Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (@CCiSuffolk) March 16, 2021