Celebrities Boost Christie's Haiti Charity Auction to $13.6 million

  • Zhang Huan "Chinese Flag No.  1," 2007.

    Zhang Huan "Chinese Flag No. 1," 2007.

    © Zhang Huan Studio / Courtesy The Pace Gallery / Photograph by Joerg Lohse

"Artists for Haiti" brought a hefty total of $13,662,000 for 27 lots in a benefit auction for the earthquake-damaged and impoverished Caribbean nation on Sept. 23 at Christie's.

Actor Ben Stiller and art dealer David Zwirner presented the event which was well-attended by dealers and a few Hollywood notables.

Stiller stepped up to pay $400,000 for a Jeff Koons, and $200,000 for a Martin Kippenberger designed street lamp sculpture.

Jennifer Aniston accompanied Wanderlust co-star Justin Theroux as he bid a record $450,000 for Glenn Ligon's canvas, paying well above the $150-200,000 estimate.

Tennis star John McEnroe lost a bidding battle for Zhang Huan's ash-on-canvas titled "Chinese Flag No. 1" to Acquavella Gallery. But he did win Elizabeth Petyon's colored pencil and pastel portrait of Jay-Z for $85,000.

Artists donated their own works to the auction and Christie's waived the buyer's premium for the event which benefits health and education initiaves in Haiti.

More News Feed Headlines

 'Rome, from Mount Aventine' by J.M.W.  Turner, 1835, brought an artist auction record of $47.4 million at Sotheby's London on Dec.  3, 2014.

J.M.W. Turner Painting Fetches Record $47.4 Million

  • December 04, 2014 11:12

One of the last great Turner masterpieces remaining in private hands set a world auction record ...

Read More

Detail of an Edgar Degas sculpture, “The Little 14-Year-Old Dancer.”

Insurer Refuses to Pay for Lost Degas Sculpture

  • December 03, 2014 22:34

Lloyd's of London says it won't pay for a $3 million Degas ballerina sculpture that went missing ...

Read More

Colette Calascione, Fire-maid, 2014, oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches .  From Nancy Hoffman Gallery, at the Miami Project Pavilion located in Midtown Miami.

2014 Miami Art Week Guide

  • December 02, 2014 16:25

With $3 billion worth of art offered at Art Basel Miami Beach alone, and dozens of other fairs, exhibitions, parties, and pop-ups going on...

Read More

Christie's CEO Steven Murphy

Christie's Chief Executive Murphy to Depart

  • December 02, 2014 12:21

Christie's chief executive Steven Murphy will leave the auction house by the end of the year, the London-based company announced on Tuesday.

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

ArtfixDaily Artwire