Christie’s New York Auction Benefiting Artists for Haiti

The auction included 27 works by 26 of today’s most prominent artists, many of which were created specifically for this cause. Four world auction records were obtained and 2 works of art were sold for over one million dollars, Marlene Dumas at $2,000,000 and Luc Tuymans at $1,150,000, with many lots realizing well over their pre-sale estimates. 100% of the proceeds of the sale are going to support nonprofit groups already performing extraordinary work on the ground in Haiti, with a focus on children’s education and health care. The sale total was $ 13,662,000.

“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. 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” declared Ben Stiller.

“What an amazing evening! We are overwhelmed by the support we were able to get for tonight’s auction. We exceeded the high estimate of $10 million, which is no small feat in today’s uncertain times. Thanks to everyone who bid tonight, we can now go to work on the much needed humanitarian efforts to help the children in Haiti. We especially want to extend our appreciation to François Pinault and everyone at Christie’s” said David Zwirner.

“Christie’s is thrilled with the excellent results and the four auction records for Adel Abdessemed, Glenn Ligon, Nate Lowman and Raymond Pettibon, the works of art were of incredible quality and range, and highlight the generosity of the many artists who donated works” said Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Development at Christie’s.

The sale included works by:
Adel Abdessemed, Francis Alÿs, Karin Mamma Andersson, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Chuck Close, Marlene Dumas, Urs Fischer, Dan Flavin, Jasper Johns, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Nate Lowman, Paul McCarthy, Chris Ofili, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Neo Rauch, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Luc Tuymans, Kelley Walker, and Zhang Huan

Image: Luc Tuymans, Deal – No Deal, 2011. Oil on canvas, 89 5/8 x 53 3/8 in. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York.

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