It’s the day after the first-ever Green Auction in New York City, hosted by Christie’s International, and my feet are still recovering from the all the activity leading up to and during this amazing event.
Actors, news people, paparazzi shutterbugs, deep-pocketed business leaders and philanthropists, all stepped out in classic New York style last night to show their support for Earth Day and the four organizations, including CI, whose conservation work would benefit from the bidding.
The night started with arrivals outside the auction house in Rockefeller Center, and created quite a scene: Salma Hayek graciously posing for a swarm of photographers angling for a shot… Miss Universe and Miss USA posing with the Target dog in Christie’s’ lobby.. James Lipton (Inside the Actors Studio host) entering with his own entourage.. and Matt Lauer, in the role of interviewee instead of interviewer.
If you’re like me, and you’ve never before never watched a live auction at somewhere as esteemed as the venerable institution of Christie’s, it’s an impressive experience to behold.
After a video featuring CI’s own Vice-Chair Harrison Ford played to the standing-room only crowd, auctioneer Christopher Burge put his gavel to the podium and started the bidding.
A “trip of a lifetime” to Raja Ampat in Indonesia with CI’s own marine expert Mark Erdmann? Won for $55,0000!
Eighteen holes of golf with President Bill Clinton? Sold- for $80,0000!
A collectible Damien Hirst original painting? Gone for $92,000!
And a photo safari to Botswana with photography lessons from National Geographic’s editor in chief? A stunning $150,000!!
Harrison Ford also contributed a handsome $100,000 to help fund CI’s work in the night’s reverse auction, which called on supporters to commit to specific pledges for CI, the NRDC, the Central Park Conservancy, and Oceana. We are so thankful!
It was exciting and encouraging to watch young and old conservationists alike gather in support of the Earth and raise their paddles to add to the night’s impressive pot – nearly $2 million, from what I’ve heard so far.
Want to peek at the incredible lots still available for auction online until May 6th, (like a movie set visit with super star Hugh Jackman, and prints of some of the Top 40 Nature Photographs of all time) or support the Green Auction with a donation of $10? Visit www.abidtosavetheearth.com and have a look!
Kim McCabe is CI’s U.S. Media Manager.