Christie’s is set gearing up for April 11, when they will begin to host their annual green auction in support of four environmental charity groups – The Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, the Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.
All proceeds from the third annual green auction will go to the charities in support of their Bid to Save the Earth collaboration. Over the past two years they raised nearly $5 million.
Co-chair of the event, Susan Rockefellar, expressed that the auction delivers a message to everyone about the relevance and necessity to conserve the planet’s finite resources. “We must all take responsibility to protect the natural world for future generations,” she said. Actress Salma Hayek, David Rockefeller and Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter are other co-chairs of the auction.
Christie’s explained that all the money raised from the green auction will be donated towards water-conservation projects that each of the charities are working on.
“Our ocean waters, which cover 70 percent of this blue planet, are hovering on the brink of an irreversible collapse, with 90 percent of the ocean’s big fish gone,” said Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless. “Luckily, history and science show us that our oceans can rebound if we put in place and enforce sensible policies,” he added.
Past Green Auctions have included a day with Bill Clinton, backstage meetings with Lady Gaga and works of art by prominent artists. Of course with any Christie’s auction the bids are substantial, in the past green a bidder paid as much as $100,000 for the day with former President Bill Clinton.
All fees are waived for the green auction event.