David Beckham, detail, 2015 by Nadav KanderPermission for the use of any image is granted for timely reporting and auction review purposes only. Image courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Nadav Kander

LONDON – Phillips presents David Beckham: The Man a unique public viewing and gala auction in support of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and Positive View Foundation.

This innovative international gala auction is part of a high profile three-year global philanthropic programme and exhibition of signed contemporary photography featuring and celebrating David Beckham. This inaugural and high-profile event features more than 50 original signed works, some previously unseen, by 27 internationally acclaimed photographers including: Annie Leibovitz, Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steven Klein. Work has been specially commissioned for David Beckham: The Man from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Nadav Kander and Tessa Traeger.


David Beckham, 2015 by Nadav KanderPermission for the use of any image is granted for timely reporting and auction review purposes only. Image courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Nadav Kander

The works will be on view at Phillips’ European Headquarters at 30 Berkeley Square in London from Saturday, 27 February until they are sold at auction on Thursday, 10 March. 

This wonderful project in support of my own 7 Fund at UNICEF and Positive View Foundation will help create change for children and disadvantaged young people around the world.” says David Beckham


David Beckham by Annie LeibovitzImage courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Annie Leibovitz.

Kathy Adler, curator of ‘David Beckham: The Man’ and former Director of Education at the National Gallery, London, says: “David Beckham is the quintessential modern man, his fame far exceeding that of a sportsman. He is universally recognised, an icon of modern masculinity and a magnet for photographers. His appeal is ubiquitous: he is happy being a gay icon, a teenage idol, a spokesperson for sport, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He has redefined counter-cultural concepts such as tattooing and brought them into the mainstream. On the body of a classical Adonis, lean, lightly muscled and perfect, he has written a dense and complex biography through the ongoing inking of names, texts (in several languages) and numerals relating to key events and to his all-important family. The photographs constitute a narrative of Beckham’s life and of the position he occupies in contemporary culture. He has constantly challenged notions of masculinity, from the famous sarong-wearing appearance to the many images of him as a devoted husband and father.”


David Beckham by Vincent Peters. Image courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Vincent Peters

Damien Whitmore, Creative Director, Phillips, says: “Phillips is delighted to be presenting this important sale of unique works by some of the world’s leading artists – inspired by one of the world’s most famous men. We are equally delighted to be supporting the incredibly important work being done by UNICEF and Positive View.”

PUBLIC VIEWSaturday 27 February – Thursday 10 March 2016

AUCTION: Thursday 10 March 2016


David Beckham by Mario SorrentiImage courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Mario Sorrenti

About 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund
7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is an initiative between UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and UNICEF launched in 2015, which aims to help protect millions of children around the world from danger. Through 7, David helps raise vital funds and advocate for change for children across every region of the world and in every aspect of UNICEF’s work. The goal of the fund is to help UNICEF ensure that every child can survive and thrive, learn and grow, and be protected from danger. See www.7.org for more information.


David Beckham by Mert & MarcusImage courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Mert & Marcus

About Positive View
The Positive View philosophy is innovative well beyond its commitment to showcasing the very highest calibre of work created in the medium of photography through its international exhibition programme. More importantly, we know that a structured personal development programme using photography can transform the lives of the most disadvantaged young people – empowering them to acquire new skills whilst developing self-confidence and self-belief. The Positive View Education Programme is unique in supporting young people in this way – creating positive futures for young people, especially those living on London’s most deprived inner city estates. For more information about Positive View visit: www.positiveview.org.uk 


David Beckham by Anthony MandlerImage courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com © Anthony Mandler