Auction raises $1.4 million for environmental causes

Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:23pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A green auction at Christie's to benefit the environment raised $1.4 million, with bidders paying $100,000 for a trip to the hottest Oscars parties or a day with former President Bill Clinton.

Proceeds from the second Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth were earmarked for Conservation International, Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Central Park Conservancy.

Christie's Chairman Ed Dolman said the funds "will support these venerable environmental organizations in conducting research and generating projects that will yield groundbreaking results for the present and future generations."

The Bid to Save the Earth initiative plans to raise more funds in an online auction on that ends on April 7, and from sales of the Runway to Green pro-environment fashion world initiative fashion show.

Items for sale in the silent auction include luxury travel packages, Fendi bags customized by world artists such as Richard Prince and Damien Hirst, a trip to Tokyo to meet pop singer Justin Bieber, a tennis lesson with John McEnroe or an hour-long style consultation with Vogue's Andre Leon Talley and designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

Bids for McEnroe's tennis lesson hit $26,000 with a week till to go, while the meeting with Bieber was at $5,000.

<p>Singer Nicki Minaj arrives for the Christie's Green Auction: Bid To Save The Earth event in New York March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>