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September 21, 2011

Shopping Ben Stiller’s Haiti Auction

By Rachel Wolff | Art

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Can Ben Stiller raise millions in one night for the ongoing Haiti earthquake relief effort? He seems to think so. Tonight the actor, along with veteran New York art dealer David Zwirner, will host "Artists for Haiti," a star-studded Christie's New York sale of 26 contemporary artworks. Pieces by such artists as Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman and others are estimated to sell for anywhere from $200,000 to $1.5 million each. "Normally when I handle a charity sale, I treat it somewhat differently than I do a typical major auction," says Amy Cappellazzo, chairwoman of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department at Christie's New York. "But this is a typical major auction. These aren't just tokens—so many of these works are among the artists' most outstanding examples." Proceeds will benefit Haiti-specific nonprofits, including Stiller's own. For those shopping the auction, Departures curated a selection of some of the most striking works. Bidders, get your paddles ready. Read more »

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