Jyllands-Posten, 21 January 2010

Muhammad caricaturist for Haiti

Published on 21 January 2010 at 12:28
Jyllands-Posten, 21 January 2010


Danish public television channel TV2 has asked cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, author of the controversial Muhammad caricatures in 2005, to produce a drawing to be auctioned off for the benefit of child victims of the earthquake in Haiti. But the plan nearly aborted, recounts Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, when the online auction house Lauritz.com refused to sell the work. Lauritz.com, which justified its refusal in the interest of staff security – Westergaard has in fact narrowly escaped several assassination attempts –, has been widely criticised, even by the Danish government. Now the drawing has finally been put on the market by the Draupner gallery, which has been working with Westergaard for many years. The highest bid to date comes to 75,000 Danish crowns (€10,000).

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