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Christie's Annual Green Auction Plans To Save The Earth

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Unless you’re a Rockefeller, there are few opportunities to actually live like one. That is, unless, you place a bid for a day of sailing with Susan and David Rockefeller at this year’s Bid to Save the Earth green auction.

The second annual green auction, which raised over $2 million for environmental groups last year, is being hosted by Christie’s, and promises to offer artwork, celebrity outings, luxury travel, and high fashion all in the name of saving the earth.

Among many of the celebrity supporters, actress Salma Hayek, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter are expected to attend the event.

Taking place in New York on March 19th, all proceeds from the live and silent online sales will be split among various environmental groups; including Oceana, Conservation International, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy.

Items up on last year’s auction block included a round of golf with Bill Clinton (which went for $80k), and original pieces of art that drew bids of up to $100k. But this year you can expect equally cool offerings, like a day of fencing with Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse and more.

Organizers of the event, including host David Rockefeller, relayed that raising awareness to environmental issues and receiving donations to those causes are the major goals of the auction.

“The Christie’s Green Auction gives wide recognition to the importance of ocean conservation and enables people of every means to participate easily and effectively,” Rockefeller told Reuters.

Christie’s is waiving all commissions associated with the auction, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation will provide carbon offsets to help make the event essentially carbon neutral. How cool!

For those of us unable to make it to the New York auction in person but still hoping to find out ways to help, the Bid to Save the Earth website is chock-full of information on the organizations they support and ways to get involved.

Also, if you’re interested in bidding, there’s an additional silent auction taking place from March 17- April 7 on www.charitybuzz.com, which promises to offer items featuring celeb sports figures, politicians, and your faves from the world of entertainment.

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