Peter Sellers Behind The Camera

Raising money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF)’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign.

Don't you just love Peter Sellers? One of the nation's favourite actors is commemorated in a seriously unique online auction. The actor's photographs have gone on sale online to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF)’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign. The auction is being hosted by fundraising platform Givergy.

Initially launched in September 2015, the week-long exhibition Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera and online auction raised over £4,500 for the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign. Now various rare photographs from the exhibition have been relaunched in another online auction towards a wider aim of teaching everyone how to perform lifesaving CPR to ensure the public has the skills to intervene when someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

Items include a rare image of The Queen Mother, aged 75, pictured arm in arm with her eldest grandson, The Prince of Wales, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, priced at just £450 and an exclusive 1969 print of Ringo Starr on location during the making of The Magic Christian. These will be available to buy until March 2016.

Sarah Sellers, Peter’s daughter, said: “In September this year, we marked what would have been my father’s ninetieth birthday. The exhibition and auction was set up as a way to celebrate his life, family, friends and love of photography. We know he would have been so proud that his photos are raising money for such a great cause.”

In 1971, Peter Sellers had his first paid job as a photographer. He had a picture of Sinead Cusack published in the London Evening Standard. In an interview in 1973, Sellers talked about having some of his images on display at the ICA in London. He went on to have his work published in The Sunday Times and SundayTelegraph colour supplements and Sunset in Flight magazine. Most importantly, he had in the region of forty images published in Vogue. He also talked about producing a book of some of his work.

On 24th July 1980 Peter Sellers died. His heart gave up after many years of problems. He was fifty-four years old. On 19th July 2006 his son Michael died from a heart attack. He was fifty-two years old.

The auction is hosted by Givergy Access, an effective online fundraising platform that allows users to take part in flexible auctions and raffles or purchase ‘buy it now’ items. Participants will have access to exclusive, high-profile, money-can’t-buy items and experiences that aren’t available anywhere else.

All profits from the sale of these images and catalogues will be donated by the Sellers family to the British Heart Foundation to help further their work.

8 January 2016