The Cultural Fund Arts & Ouvrage is organizing a charity auction for the safeguarding of Timbuktu manuscripts in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, under the supervision of the auction house Art Valorem (

This auction will take place on Saturday 24 May 2014 at 6.00 pm at room V.V, 3 rue Rossini 75009 Paris. The exhibition of the works will be open to the public the same day from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm.

A conference on Timbuktu manuscripts will be held from 4.00 to 5.30 pm, led by Jean-Michel Djian, with the presence of a representative from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the Permanent Delegation of Mali to UNESCO who will present the Action Plan for the safeguard and preservation of these manuscripts. The profits generated from this auction will be donated to UNESCO, which will be used to acquire conservation boxes for each manuscript of which the unit cost is 20 USD. We have called this auction “20 BUCKS A BOX”.

This auction is sponsored by Erik Orsenna and Jean-Michel Djian and brings together 56 top contemporary art artists such as Pascale Marthine Tayou, Miquel Barcelo, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Ben, Jérôme Mesnager, Philippe Cognée, Paul Bloas, Stéphane Couturier, Gilles Coulon, Bruno Aveillan, Valérie Archeno, Nicolas Vial, Paola Viesi, Ferrante Ferranti...

You will find attached the invitation to this event and the auction catalogue in PDF form. This catalogue is also available on the website of the Endowment Fund (, of Art Valorem ( and on the website of Drouot ( As it is an auction for charitable purposes, no fee will be charged.

Contact : Art Valorem, Myrtille Dumonteil ; +33 1 71 20 31 43