Pablo Picasso prints up for auction to help Orange County food bank

Pablo Picasso prints up for public sale to assist Orange County meals financial institution

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ORANGE COUNTY (KABC) — Harald Herrmann heads up one of many largest meals banks in Southern California, and now he is stepping up much more to assist on this time of maximum want.

Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Meals Financial institution, is auctioning off his private assortment of Pablo Picasso prints to assist feed the hungry.

Herrmann has gone public together with his very personal personal assortment of Picasso prints in hopes of shining mild on starvation in Orange County and throughout the nation – particularly with the lead piece, “The Frugal Meal.”

“That piece mainly got here to life throughout Picasso’s blue interval, the start of his blue interval. We’re sort of in a blue interval now,” he stated.

Herrmann constructed the uncommon assortment over time, focusing on Picasso’s early years between 1900 and 1940. He remained the nameless proprietor because it traveled on show to museums and different locations. He says he is all the time deliberate to promote the prints as a part of his retirement technique with a dedication to donate a portion of the proceeds to the meals financial institution. He determined now made sense due to what he is seen through the pandemic – an enormous want.

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“Proper now and particularly for these subsequent 18 to 24 months, we have to meet that decision, and sadly, it is larger than ever,” stated Herrmann.

In February, the meals financial institution served 2.2 million kilos of meals to about 249,000 Orange County residents. Six months later in August, they served 5.eight million kilos of meals to over 550,000 residents.

“Unprecedented is a phrase I do know that many use simply given the place we’re, however that’s actually unprecedented. That has by no means occurred. It’s a first for us in 38 years. We have by no means seen demand like we see at present as a meals financial institution,” he stated.

To facilitate the sale, Herrmann goes via Christie’s Public sale Home in New York. He’ll then donate 10% of gross proceeds to the meals financial institution, which may add as much as about $100,000. Christie’s has additionally pledged to donate a part of their fee to Feeding America – one thing he hopes will encourage others to additionally give.

“Numerous of us have misplaced their jobs. Unemployment is entrance and heart for us, and I am humbled that I will contribute to that and never simply with sweat fairness, however with some cash,” stated Herrmann.

To view the Picasso prints, go to and seek for the Hermann Assortment. Bidding ends Friday.

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