Spanish actor Antonio Banderas auctioned off in Rio de Janeiro six photographs from his collection entitled "Secretos sobre negro" with the aim of collecting funds for a non-governmental organization supporting disabled people in vulnerable situations.

"I've been making photos for many years, but without publishing them, and now they offered me the chance to start this charity project," Banderas said at the event held Tuesday night.

The auction took place in Rio's City Palace, where some 200 invited guests attended the bidding to support the Spanish artist's initiative, which also received the backing of Mayor Eduardo Paes.

The six photographs that were sold belong to the "Secretos sobre negro" collection made up of 23 images with which the actor made his first foray into the world of photography.

The collection pays tribute to the art of bullfighting from a feminine perspective in which semi-nudes predominate, with abundant references to the Spanish culture, and particularly the culture of Andalusia, which is Banderas' home region.

The funds collected from the auction will be donated to the NGO RioInclui, a civil organization headed by Cristina Paes, the mayor's wife, and dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and who are in vulnerable circumstances.

Banderas since 2010 has visited several countries in which he has undertaken to auction half a dozen photos from his collection with the aim of collecting funds for various local NGOs.

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