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The Royal College of Arts is preparing to hold its “secret” postcard sale on Nov. 20. This is how it works: Every year 1,000 artists, designers, illustrators — some of them would renowned — donate their works for a one-day only sale.

The postcards are signed on the back, so the author’s identity remains a secret until the cards are purchased. Last year, Tracey Emin, Gerhard Richter, Bill Viola, Julian Opie and Grayson Perry, well as fashion designers Sir Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik and Erdem participated in the event, which raises funds for the arts college. (There’s a flat rate per postcard: £45, and only four cards per person.)

There will be several special viewings of the cards, starting on Nov. 12, at the RCA campus in London — but you have to register online first.

Do you have running shoes and a good eye? Give it a try. (And let me know how it goes!!)


6 Comments on If you happen to be in London…

  1. I'd love a Tracey Emin or Gerard Richter! Its such a tricky thing though, its pointless even if you recognise their distinctive styles since the artists have a bit of fun and usually try to do something completely different! Its all about luck I guess.

  2. I am in London, but i dont think i'll be attending somehow!

    WOW…these guys are on a winning ticket!….45 quid!, are we barmy?….i wish i could get that kind of money for one of my poems 😛

    These days im just huddled against the cold, trying to write and keep my mind of my beautiful Macadonian princess!….and not succeeding very well!!!