Christie's 2011 Green Auction
New York/London/Hong Kong - January
19, 2011 - Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, and Runway to Green announce
the second annual “Bid to Save the Earth” Green Auction. The online auction, powered by
charitybuzz.com, is open from March 17th to April 7th and the Live Event, hosted by Christie’s at
The Green Auction environmental partners include the core 2010 partners: Oceana, Conservation International, NRDC and Central Park Conservancy, which harness their collective efforts to design local, national, and international solutions for the most urgent environmental threats confronting humanity.Christie’s is very pleased to be partnering with Runway to Green - a pioneer in greening the fashion industry - and four of the most acclaimed NGO’s in the world,” said Edward Dolman, Chairman of Christie’s. By hosting the Green Auction, Christie’s is taking the lead with innovative ways to raise crucial funds and awareness for the preservation of our planet, and we are happy to be a global catalyst in such a noble endeavor.”
The 2011 Green Auction marks the inaugural partnership with Runway to Green (RTG). The unprecedented collaboration between these two organizations brings together top art collectors, philanthropists, financiers, and environmentalists with the fashion community, utilizing their combined influence to raise funds and awareness for the preservation and sustainability of our planet. “This collaboration constitutes one of the most important commitments made on behalf of the fashion industry to learn and address its impact on the environment,” said Runway to Green Chairman Lorenzo Roccia. “It uses the power and reach of the industry to deliver a global message about the relevance and necessity to be educated on our individual role and responsibility in protecting the environment.”
Runway to Green will host a fashion show on the night of the live auction and make designer collection selections available online through - -Net-a-Porter-- who will be the exclusive online retailer of the collection for the launch. Proceeds from the sale of the collection will also be divided among the beneficiary organizations.
Runway to Green’s involvement in this initiative links the fashion industry to the NRDC’s Clean by Design program recently launched to promote improvement in the environmental impact of the apparel sector. The NRDC will work closely with each of the designers in the program to provide an education on the negative effects of mainstream production and on ways to be more green and efficient.
In order to make ‘BID’ as green-inclusive as possible, the online auction will carry the majority of celebrity and once-in-a lifetime experiences, so that anyone -- anywhere -- in the world has a chance to BID by logging on and pitching in. The Bid to Save the Earth ACTIONEER Award contest invites the general public to join this movement by submitting their stories and personal initiatives, which demonstrate how they are engaging their communities, and making a positive impact on the environment. The emphasis will be on grassroots actions of conservation, which are already set in place, have achieved measurable results, and are ongoing projects. Entries will be submitted via www.abidtosavetheearth.org and will be accepted between February 1, 2011 and March 1, 2011.
The March 29 event will be hosted by: François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, David and Susan Rockefeller and Graydon and Anna Carter, in association with Vogue magazine. The evening will also debut the Runway to Green collection with a fashion show co-styled by Vogue’s Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman and Vogue’s Contributing Editor, Tabitha Simmons . Susan and I are delighted to be co-chairs again this year for “Bid To Save The Earth’” said David Rockefeller, Jr. “We all must do our part to protect the natural world for our children’s children. Everyone can support the Green Auction through the Internet - a truly democratic way to stand up for Mother Earth. “
We are pleased to announce that Bid to Save the Earth will be a carbon neutral event and we are working with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to provide the carbon offset for the event. Please visit www.BidtoSavetheEarth.org for more information on the online and live auctions.
In addition to bidding in the online auction, the public is invited to make a symbolic bid for the environment by texting “gogreen” to 20222 to donate $10. Funds from text “gogreen” will go towards Bid to Save the Earth beneficiaries.
Those interested in sponsoring or contributing to this charitable cause may contact:
Toby Usnik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christie’s will waive all fees and commissions for the auction.
TWITTER at twitter.com/Bid2SaveEarth
FACEBOOK at Facebook.com/A-Bid-To-Save-The-Earth
Toby Usnik, New York +212.636.2680 email@example.com
Alexandra Buxton, London+44.20.7389.2117 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne So, Hong Kong +8220.127.116.11.19 email@example.com
Megan Salt, Vogue +1.212.286.6884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Powers, NRDC +1.212.727.4566 email@example.com
Kevin Connor, Oceana +1.202.467.1910 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Johnson, CPC +1.212.310.6641 email@example.com
Kim McCabe, CI +1.703.341.2546 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenda Luft +1.646.315.2664 email@example.com
Caroline Bassett +1.212-744-0218 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global
auction and private sales in 2009 that totaled £2.1 billion/$3.3 billion. For the first half of 2010, art sales totaled £1.7
billion/$2.57 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well
as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th,
19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers
over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs,
collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10
salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More
recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded
initiatives in emerging and new markets such as
About Runway to Green
Runway to Green is a fundraising model that brings together today’s most important and relevant fashion designers to raise funds, educate and create awareness for the environment. Selected leading designers and brands are dedicating or creating an item of their choosing as part of their Fall 2011 collection for Runway to Green. The pieces will be sold worldwide through the designer’s stores, online, select department and retail stores making this truly a global initiative. A percentage of proceeds from sales will go to Runway to Green, which in turn funds leading environmental organizations. (www.runwaytogreen.com)
About the Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an
international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and
online activists. Since 1970, the NRDC’s lawyers, scientists, and other
environmental specialists have been working to protect the world's natural
resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in
About the Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy's mission is to restore,
manage, and enhance
About Conservation International
Built upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development - one that considers and values nature at every turn. Founded in 1987, CI has some 900 employees working in more than 30 global offices and 1,000+ partners around the world. (www.conservation.org)
Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans.
Its teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers, and advocates win specific and
concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible
collapse of fish populations, marine mammals, and other sea life. Global in scope
and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North
America, Europe, and South and
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