With sales totaling $13.6 million, the September 22 Artists for Haiti charity sale at Christie’s, co-organized by actor Ben Stiller and gallery owner David Zwirner, was a phenomenal success both for Haiti and the art world.
A portion of the sale’s proceeds will go towards supporting PIH’s work in Haiti, specifically children's education and health care projects. Other organizations receiving proceeds include Architecture for Humanity, Artists for Peace and Justice, Ciné Institute, Grameen Creative Lab, J/P HRO and The Stiller Foundation.
The auction included 27 works by 26 of today’s most prominent artists – including Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Cecily Brown and Jasper Johns – many of which were created specifically for this cause. Two of the works of art sold for over one million dollars, Marlene Dumas at $2 million and Luc Tuymans at $1.15 million, with many lots realizing well over their pre-sale estimates.
“We are so grateful to all of the artists who dedicated their time and talent to help raise an extraordinary amount of money that will be utilized as efficiently and quickly as possible to help the people of Haiti,” declared Ben Stiller. “Christie’s and David Zwirner Gallery worked very hard to make this a success and I am thankful to have them as partners in this effort.”
“What an amazing evening! We are overwhelmed by the support we were able to get for tonight's auction,” said David Zwirner, co-organizer and owner of the gallery where the art was exhibited. “Thanks to everyone who bid tonight, we can now go to work on the much needed humanitarian efforts to help the children in Haiti.”
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