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

Ronald S Lauder - Rally against anti-Semitism - Berlin, September 2014.

Ronald Lauder Enlists Lobbyists to Help Pressure Museums to Give Up Nazi-Looted Art

  • July 28, 2015 22:58

Billionaire Ron Lauder has hired American Continental Group to aid his mission in recovering Nazi ...

Read More

Pierre Duc and Thierry Gallibour created this cyclist in a field for the 2012 Tour de France

Interview with the Tour de France's Land Art Legend

  • July 27, 2015 00:05

Renowned French artist Pierre Duc has created some exceptional "land art" with his collaborator ...

Read More

Andrew Wyeth's "Ice Storm"

Lawsuit Brews Over Wyeth's Ice Storm

  • July 27, 2015 00:05

A former TV news anchor from Tennessee is suing a Japanese gallery over the sale of Andrew ...

Read More

The Stillman House by Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer's Stillman House with Calder Mural at Auction

  • July 23, 2015 14:55

The Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman House, in bucolic Litchfield, Connecticut, will be offered by ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

ArtfixDaily Artwire