Christie’s Announces ‘A Bid To Save The Earth’ Auction to Benefit the Environment

NEW YORK – Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, has announced “A Bid to Save the Earth” Green Auction, a first-of-its-kind charity auction that will divide proceeds from the sale will among four leading not-for-profit environmental organizations.

A Bid to Save the Earth will take place on April 22, 2010 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The Evening Sale event will be held at Christie’s, Rockefeller Center, New York and be carried live globally via Christie’s LIVE. Proceeds from the sale will be divided between Conservation International, Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Central Park Conservancy. All four beneficiary organizations are 4-Star rated by CharityNavigator.org, its highest rating for not-for-profit organizations. The four participating not-for-profits have programming and supporters across 150 countries and all 7 continents.

The live auction will include major works from artists including Keith Tyson, Maya Lin, Subodh Gupta, and Olafur Eliasson. Other lots will include coveted celebrity experiences, upscale eco-vacations and exquisite jewelry. Celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Christina Aguilera and Candice Bergen are just a few of the talented stars offering VIP experiences, with additional luxury items secured daily.

Christie’s Green Auction will set a new standard in cooperation between commercial and not-for-profit organizations. Christie’s is in a unique position to serve as a bridge between the past and the future by linking these many spheres of influence in a revolutionary way.

Christie’s is partnering with Charitybuzz, the leading destination for online charity benefit auctions, to present a companion silent auction which will be hosted online. Christie’s will waive all fees and commissions for the auction. Native Energy, a leader in carbon offsetting, will provide carbon offsets for the entire Green Auction. NBC Universal, as part of its ongoing environmental initiative, “Green is Universal,” will serve as the official media partner for the event. Advertising firm MMB, as Christie’s branding partner, created “A Bid to Save the Earth” as the unifying theme for this worthwhile and groundbreaking initiative.

“We are inspired and honored to convene top members of the philanthropic, environmental, business and cultural communities to benefit the environment,” said Edward Dolman, CEO of Christie’s. “We are equally pleased to present a stellar evening auction and to partner with NBC Universal in telling this exciting story with Charitybuzz in building such a compelling silent auction; and of course our four charity partners, who will do what they do best with the proceeds: advocate for the environment.”

The evening sale will be a star-studded event with top celebrities serving on the Green Auction Host Committee that includes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Tobey Maguire, François-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek, Bob Fisher, Candice Bergen, Ed Norton, Evelyn Lauder, Alec Baldwin, Zaha Hadid, Brooke Shields, and Matt Lauer.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that our wellbeing as individuals and as a global society hinges on nature. With pressure mounting on our shared home, Earth, innovative fundraising strategies are more important than ever. This particular initiative will use the knowledge and resources of a world class auction house to raise much needed funds which will go directly towards the maintenance and protection of the ecosystems, habitats and species that are the framework of a healthy planet where all people can prosper” said Conservation International CEO and Chairman Peter Seligmann.

Top collectors on the Host Committee include a who’s-who of philanthropists, artists, environmentalists, and media from all over the world. Christie’s is serving as the global catalyst in bringing all of these vibrant communities together to benefit one end: the environment. Luminaries such as: Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., David de Rothschild, Anna and Graydon Carter, Brian Williams, Caryn and Jeff Zucker, and Kelly and Ron Meyer are just a few of the dignitaries who will be participating in this unprecedented event.

“We are pleased to be part of this extraordinary partnership that is bringing together some of the world’s most well-respected environmental groups,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “By working together, we strengthen the chorus of voices advancing a sustainable vision for our planet and our future.”

In addition to bidding in the Green Auction, the public is invited to make a symbolic bid for the environment leading up to Earth Day this April 22. Simply visit the auction Web site and select from one of four areas in order to participate in this call to action: Donate, Volunteer, Educate or Green your routine. Guests travelling to New York are encouraged to visit the Native Energy Web site to arrange for carbon offsets for their travel to the Green Auction, in the hopes of making the auction as carbon neutral as possible.

The Christie’s Green Auction companion silent auction will use online bidding powered by Charitybuzz, launching at on April 8, and running through May 6. The silent auction will facilitate global participation like Christie’s LIVE, and carry more moderately priced lots.

Lots for the sale on silent auction will include celebrity packages such as spending a day with Hugh Jackman on the set of his movie “Reel Steel’, VIP tickets to a Christina Aguilera concert, a “Californification” set visit with David Duchovny, falconry lessons with Bobby Kennedy, and lunch with a major television star.

Those interested in donating major works of art or sponsoring this charitable cause may contact: Toby Usnik at tusnik@christies.com or Cathy Elkies at celkies@christies.com.

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