Red hot art going green at charity auction

Fri Feb 5, 2010 12:48pm EST
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By Christopher Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - With a sculpture fetching over $100 million at auction this week, it looks like art is still hot. Now, it's also green.

Christie's auction house announced this week that it will stage a "green auction" to benefit the environment, with proceeds earmarked for four leading not-for-profit environmental organizations.

"A Bid to Save the Earth" is slated for April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and boasts the participation of a panoply of cultural, business and environmental leaders, from Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Redford to designer Vera Wang, activist Robert F. Kennedy and Queen Noor, the widow of Jordanian King Hussein.

"It's a game-changer to have so many passionate and talented people link arms on behalf of the environment," said Susan Cohn Rockefeller, who is co-chairing the event with husband David Rockefeller Jr., philanthropist and environmental activist.

Rockefeller cited participation from quarters as far-reaching as NBC Universal, Deutsche Bank and Barney's New York. She cited in particular "the artists who are coming together for this cause, once again challenging, educating and inspiring us with their works."

Maya Lin and Keith Tyson are among artists who have donated major works, with more expected to sign on.

Hugh Jackman, Christina Aguilera, David Duchovny and Candice Bergen are all donating experiences such as on-set visits, lunches or VIP concert tickets, with jewelry and luxury green travel packages rounding out the offerings.

Proceeds from the gala auction, which will be carried on Christie's LIVE at, will be divided among Oceana, Conservation International, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Central Park Conservancy.   Continued...