Artists for Haiti, a collaboration between the Stiller Foundation, David Zwirner gallery, and Christies, recently raised over $13 million for education and health programs in the troubled Caribbean country. The bare square first reported on Artists For Haiti on August 10th and August 30th.
With top contemporary artists like Louise Bourgeois, Chris Ofili, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, and Zhang Huan…raise funds they did! Throw a few celebrities into the mix and, you have $13,662,000 in relief funds for Haiti. All night, competitive bidders went blazing past artwork estimates.
Director, actor and producer Justin Theroux, accompanied by superstar girlfriend Jennifer Aniston, bought Glenn Ligon’s “Stranger #44″ for a record $450,000 (estimated to sell for $150,000-200,000). Aniston applauded her man’s winning bid which was, of course, for her collection.
Check out this fun video update on Theroux & Aniston’s win from celebrity gossip experts, PopSugar:
Tennis star John McEnroe and Acquavella Gallery got into a bidding war for Zhang Huan’s “Chinese Flag No.1. McEnroe backed down when bidding reached $200,000 and Acquavella Gallery won the piece. Jon McEnroe wanted to walk out a winner, so he snagged Elizabeth Peyton’s colored pencil and pastel portrait of “Jay-Z, Glastonbury” for $85,000 (above the estimated $60,000-70,000.)
The biggest ticket item of the evening was Marlene Dumas’ autobiographical portrait, “My mother before she became my mother” (2010), a painting made shortly after her mother’s death. A lucky telephone bidder won the lot for $2 million (est. $600,000-800,000).
Having set a record for a charity auction at Christies, the action-packed event and jam-packed room ended the night with roaring applause for a wildly successful night of art fundraising for a good cause.
- Jen Wallace