Actor Ben Stiller and art dealer David Zwirner organised a charity auction, “Artists for Haiti,” at Christie’s Friday night, and raised well above the original estimated value of the $10 million they expected (via NY Observer).Four pieces at the auction set records.
The sale, which had many original works from artists specific for the event, sold for a combined total of $13.7 million.
The proceeds raised will go towards funding health and education programs in Haiti. Artists donated their works for the cause.
Some of the bigger spenders at the auction were Jennifer Aniston and her hunky actor/producer boyfriend Justin Theroux. Aniston stood by as her man bid for “Stranger #44,” an abstract 2011 work of oil, charcoal and graphite on canvas, by Glenn Ligon. They paid $450,000 for the piece, which set a record for a Ligon work.
Also on the guest list was former-President Bill Clinton.
The top 10 consisted of Marlene Dumas, the top selling-lot, which went for $2 million — way above its estimated $600,000 to $800,000, and two works by Raymond Pettibon.
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