Tomorrow Christie‚Äôs International Auction House will host a Post War and Contemporary Arts evening sale, featuring Yves Klein‚Äôs FC 1, which is being sold on behalf of an anonymous collector. FC 1 is expected to achieve a record-breaking final sale price, a portion of which will be donated to Oceana.
FC 1 is the most important work by Yves Klein ever to be offered at auction, and is considered to be one of the most important Post War European works of art. The piece has been featured prominently at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC.
We‚Äôre so thankful to our friends at Christie‚Äôs for their continued support. Christie‚Äôs has put together a great website, including a tab about Oceana and a video about the making of the piece:
Andy Sharpless is the CEO of Oceana.
I wanted to give you advance notice of Christie‚Äôs Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth on March 29th at New York‚Äôs Rockefeller Center. This special event premiered last year, raising an unprecedented $2.4 million for Oceana, Conservation International, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Central Park Conservancy.
I applaud Christie‚Äôs for its vision and initiative; every item up for bid is donated by generous supporters, and Christie‚Äôs is waiving all customary auction fees so that all proceeds benefit the groups.
A Bid to Save The Earth will include the live auction at Christie‚Äôs on March 29th as well as an online silent auction at Charity Buzz that started yesterday.
The auction features coveted celebrity experiences, upscale eco-vacations and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You can bid to win a day shadowing President Bill Clinton; a three-day getaway on the luxury super yacht Lady Sheridan during the Cannes Film Festival offered by the owners and Burgess Yachts; and a ten-night trip featuring the exceptional wildlife of Tanzania and the stunning beaches of Mozambique offered by Nomad Tanzania, Vamizi Island and Journeys by Design.
As Kevin and Andy have told you, this Thursday, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Oceana will benefit from the first-ever Green Auction with Christie's, along with NRDC, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.
There are some spectacular items up for bid, including a private swim lesson with Oceana spokeswimmer Aaron Peirsol, a day on the set of ‚Äú30 Rock‚ÄĚ with Alec Baldwin, a walk-on role in HBO‚Äôs ‚ÄúBored to Death‚ÄĚ, and much more.
But we are also asking people to make another kind of bid this Earth Day -- a personal bid to change something in their lives to improve the health of the planet.
Not sure what I mean? Just watch the video PSA below to get some inspiration, and then tell us -- what's your bid?
Okay, so stop me if you've heard this one‚Ä¶
What happens when four top NGOs team up with a world renowned art dealer for Earth Day?
You get an unprecedented partnership that culminates in Christie‚Äôs First Annual Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth. Wait, did you think I was telling a joke?
Oceana, along with Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International and The Central Park Conservancy, NBC Universal, Barney‚Äôs of New York, Deutsche Bank and Target have been working to put together the April 22 auction that takes place at Christie‚Äôs in Rockefeller Center in New York as part of the 40th celebration of Earth Day.
Christie‚Äôs is waiving its usual fees, so every penny from the live auction and silent auction goes to the four charities. A ton, and I mean a ton, of amazing artwork and items are up for bid the night of the event, but you don‚Äôt have to be at the event to make a bid to save the earth.
Today the online silent auction launches and along with the artwork and items up for bid there are a boat-load (pun most definitely intended) of experiences on the block including swimming lessons with Oceana supporter and gold medalist Aaron Peirsol (with a $5,000 bid as of 10 a.m. this morning) and sailing lessons with Ocean Conservation Yacht Club Commodore Kristen ‚ÄúThe America‚ÄĚ Berry.
Here are a few of my personal favorites: