The British Airways lounge art saga has come to an end and it has raised a grand total of ….. £2.2 million.
Bridget Riley’s ‘Cool Edge’ piece accounts for the lion’s share of the revenue, reaching £1.875 million. The remaining 16 items account for the remaining £326,875 and sold well in excess of their estimates.
These numbers include ‘buyers premium’, however, which goes to Sotheby’s. The hammer price will have been lower. British Airways also has to pay its own fee to Sotheby’s.
Whilst arguably it was sensible to sell ‘Cool Edge’, the sale of the other pieces look more politically motivated. A set of eight Marc Quinn images, including the one below, fetched £7,500 including buyers premium. BA will only receive around £4,500 at a guess which cannot even begin to cover the staff time involved or the cost and installation of eight pieces of replacement art.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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