Green auction raises $2.4 million for the environment



Christie Auctioneers has announced that The Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth raised $1.4 million at a live auction at Christie's and more than $750,000 from an online auction, led by a three-night private yacht cruise in Cannes which sold for $100,000.

There was a tie for the top lot of Tuesday night's auction -An unforgettable Hollywood experience during the Oscars and the opportunity to spend a day with President William Clinton - each realizing $100,000. The Bid to Save the Earth initiative will continue raising funds with the online auction and sales from the Runway to Green Collection.

'Christie's is honored to work with Runway to Green as well as the engaged and inspired leaders from the worlds of culture, finance, fashion, philanthropy and conservation to raise the much needed resources for the preservation of our planet,' said Ed Dolman, Christie's Chairman.

The 2011 Green Auction marked the inaugural partnership with Runway to Green (RTG). The unprecedented collaboration between Christie's and RTG brought together top art collectors, philanthropists, financiers, and environmentalists with the fashion community, utilizing their combined influence to raise funds and awareness for the preservation and sustainability of our precious natural resources.

Pieces from the Runway to Green Collection are available for purchase on, and will be available in stores this fall.
Co-Hosted by David and Susan Rockefeller, Graydon and Anna Carter and François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, the auction was officiated by Lydia Fenet, Christie's Director of Strategic Partnerships, along with emcee Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers.

After the auction, guests were surprised by a special musical performance by cutting edge musical artist Nicki Minaj.

Attendees included Anna Wintour, David Rockefeller Sr., Diane Kruger, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Wang, Sam Waterson, Ted Danson, Michael Kors, Karolina Kukova, Jason Wu, Andres an Lauren Santo Domingo, Gayle King, Jenna Lyons, Arden Wohl, Jen Brill, Lauren Remington Platt, Rachel Roy, Olivia Palermo, Amanda Hearst, Gucci Westman, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, Thakoon Panichgul, Arlenis Sosa, Zani Gugelmann and Angela Lindvall among many others.

The Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth was made possible through the unprecedented collaboration between the four beneficiary organizations, Runway to Green, charitybuzz and Christie's, in addition to the support of all of the visionary leaders from the worlds of art, business, fashion, philanthropy, conservation and celebrity.

Event and auction sponsors included Tiffany & Co., Delta Air Lines,, La Mer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, The Ionic Bulb, Rouge Tomate, Stella Artois, Patron, Betts & Scholl, Angelica Flowers and Events and MVS Photo Booth.
The Green Auction's companion online auction, included seven Fendi bags that were customized by 6 world renowned artists including Richard Prince, Damien Hirst, who designed two bags, Andisheh Avini, Enoc Perez, Tom Sachs, and KAWS, celebrity packages such as flying to Tokyo to meet Justin Beiber, taking a tennis lesson with John McEnroe and flying to Miami to meet Lady Gaga, once in a lifetime fashion experiences including a one hour long style consultation with André Leon Talley and Diane Von Furstenberg and Travel experiences including trips to Turks and Caicos, Bali and Belize.

The evening's Runway Show was sponsored by Tiffany & Co. with event production by Van Wyck & Van Wyck.

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