A Public Auction of Private Art Works' was a live art project initiated and led by the artist Nina Pope. The project focused on 'restaging' an auction that was held at Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdon in 1949. Pope used the original sale as a curatorial device to commission new works by contemporary artists and designers.
Forty artists were invited to choose an item from the original sale list and create a work in response to it. These new pieces formed part of the sale list for the restaged auction which was held at Kimbolton Castle in June 2001.
As part of the project a number of the original sale items were traced and returned to the Castle to be viewed alongside the new commissions.
'A Public Auction of Private Art Works' was supported by Arts Council England Lottery funding.