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Christie's holds Third Annual Green Auction "Bid to Save the Earth" online sale
Grace Potter of the group "Grace Potter and the Nocturnals" performs after the Christie's Green Auction for the "Bid to Save the Earth" benefit Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in New York. International collectors, philanthropists, celebrities, and environmentalists convened at Rockefeller Center for the third annual auction to support organizations dedicated to water conservation efforts around the world. AP Photo/John Minchillo.
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, announced the online launch of the Third Annual Green Auction: BID to Save the Earth, with hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime packages spanning the realms of fashion, travel, sport, design, art, entertainment and more. The highly anticipated online auction, powered by Charitybuzz, will be open through April 19, 2012, with the total amount raised to be revealed on Earth Day, April 22. Proceeds will benefit four of the world’s leading environmental nonprofits – Oceana, Conservation International (CI), Central Park Conservancy (CPC), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – specifically for water conservation projects central to each organization.

“Charitybuzz is proud to be a long-time partner of Christie’s Green Auction, one of the nation’s most unique and collaborative environmental efforts,” said Coppy Holzman, Charitybuzz CEO and Founder. “The Charitybuzz online auction adds a level of international accessibility to the star-studded affair, so that anyone, anywhere, can contribute to the cause. The glamorous luxury experiences being offered this year only add to the excitement.”

Christie’s Green Auction has seen an insurmountable level of support from philanthropists, celebrities, environmentalists, and industry leaders who have donated a range of exclusive packages and experiences to drive the bidding – including a pair of house seats to Book of Mormon, an afternoon of shopping with Simon Doonan, an internship with DKNY, a stay in the Presidential Suite at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai and more.

Highlights of Christie’s 2012 Green Auction online auction include:

• Enjoy an afternoon of shopping with Simon Doonan, including $2500 to spend at Barney's and lunch at Fred's

• Spend a day with President Bill Clinton

• A private lesson in high fashion posing, photo movement and runway walk from Coco Rocha

• Three nights in the presidential suite at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai or the JW Marriot Hotel Shanghai

• A personal mixology session for up to 10 friends courtesy of GREY GOOSE® Vodka

• A Girard-Perregaux watch, custom designed for the Green Auction

• A limited-edition reissued vintage Fendi Baguette handbag

• 13-Day Safari Adventure in Kenya staying in some of the most stunning locations in East Africa

• Exclusive 8-Day Himalayan Adventure for four

• A five-night private retreat at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman, worth $75,000

• An intimate dining experience with Adrian Grenier and Peter Glazer

• Meet James Taylor with two VIP tickets and backstage access to his Atlantic City concert this summer

• Cameron Diaz recording your outgoing voicemail message

• A private, insider’s tour of the Empire State Building for 12 guests

• Tickets to the premiere of Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough and more

• A 1989 Fender American Vintage ’62 Reissue Stratocaster Guitar, signed by Pearl Jam

• Courtside tickets to the U.S. Open Tennis Championship Game in NYC

• Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tickets for September 2012

• Five nights in a Hill Villa Suite for two at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses, Thailand

• Two tickets to the world premiere of Men in Black III this May in NYC

• Meet Michael Franti, Lady Antebellum or Alison Kraus with VIP tickets and backstage access to upcoming performances

• A one-week paid internship in Global Marketing & Communications at DKNY

• Escape to Paradise with 6 Nights in a 4-Bedroom Villa and Spa Treatments at the Viceroy Hotel & Resort, Anguilla

• A day with the Editors at O Magazine

• A tour with a Central Park historian and lunch for four at the Boathouse Restaurant

• A stunning, one-of-a-kind handmade brooch by C. Greene Jewelry crafted in 18K yellow gold, with 7.2ct pave set rays of Brown, Champagne and White Diamonds

• Four nights in Laguna Beach at a private beachfront home, courtesy of Wolf Worster Associates

• A personal stylist session at Lanvin’s New York Boutique, complete with dress, bag and shoes

• Artwork from artists Peter Lik, Bunta Inoue, David Foox, Simon Cardwell and Stuart McLachlan, Christopher Pulitzer Leidy, Gail Tobias, Elizabeth Laul Healey and more

• Plus hundreds of additional lots available to peruse at bidtosavetheearth.charitybuzz.com

“In its two years, Christie’s Green Auction has raised nearly $5 million for its four environmental beneficiaries,” said Toby Usnik, International Head of Corporate Communications, at Christie’s. “We’re inspired by the generous support from all our contributors on behalf of the environment and grateful for the exciting lineup of lots year after year.”

In order to make the Green Auction as “green-clusive” as possible, the online auction will carry the majority of the celebrity and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Christie’s will also host an exclusive live Green Auction gala on April 11, 2012, with generous support from JW Marriott. The private, carbon neutral affair will bring together environmentalists, collectors, philanthropists and celebrities to enjoy an incredible evening of entertainment, cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka, and LIVE fantasy auction presented by Christie’s featuring lots such as an International Alain Ducasse-inspired culinary tour (CPC); Opportunity to dive in the Cook Islands with renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and Scientist Greg Stone (CI); 2013 Tribeca FILM FESTIVAL Extravaganza (NRDC); and the Ultimate Sailing & Diving Excursion During a Week Aboard the HEMISPHERE (Oceana).

Co-chairs of the Green Auction include Anna & Graydon Carter, James R. Hedges IV, Salma Hayek & François-Henri Pinault, and Susan & David Rockefeller, and the honorary host committee includes more than 100 notable New York luminaries. Grace Potter, who is set to release a new album this summer, will entertain guests with a live musical performance.

In addition to the live and online auction items, Christie’s Green Auction co-chair Susan Rockefeller, known for her commitment to protecting the world’s oceans, has created two limited-edition necklaces that will be sold exclusively for the Green Auction online at Bidtosavetheearth.charitybuzz.com and at the live event for $100 per piece. The design is inspired by the mythical mermaid – the first featuring a whimsical spinning globe charm and the second a chic dog tag. Each piece is accented with a Swarovski crystal and engraved with .007, signifying the percentage of available fresh water on earth.

The public is also invited to contribute to the cause via a $10.00 donation by texting “GREEN” to 80888.



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