Henry Wyndham, senior auctioneer at the world famous Sotheby’s auction house in London, will swap the rostrum for the walking trails of North Yorkshire next month.
The European Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, is undertaking the 190-mile Coast to Coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire in aid of the charity ORBIS.
Mr Wyndham said: “I was involved in a rather serious shooting accident last August, in which I came very close to losing the sight in both my eyes. Had I not been wearing my glasses, I would have definitely been blinded forever and I was fortunate my sight was not damaged.”
Mr Wyndham said the experience brought home to him how challenging life must be for those without the gift of sight and, inparticular, those who are blind but don’t need to be. He added: “As a result I have decided to raise funds for a remarkable sight-saving charitby called ORBIS. For every £10 I raise, one person who is suffering from a form of curable blindness will have his or her sight restored. I hope my walk will raise awareness for this remarkable charity, and will encourage people to give generously to help ORBIS continue with its invaluable work.”
With almost 40 years’ experience in the art market, Mr Wyndham has seen many landmark moments in auctioneering history, including the sale of Giacometti’s Walking Man sculpture, which sold for $104 million in 2010 and was at the time the most expensive artwork ever auctioned.