April 21 (Bloomberg) -- A Botswana photo junket, a greenmarket tour with chef Mario Batali and a chance to have one’s infant featured in a Gap Baby ad are among items up for grabs at Christie’s International’s first-ever Green Auction.
The sale on Thursday night in New York benefits four environmental charities: Conservation International, National Resources Defense Council, Oceana and the Central Park Conservancy. The event takes place on Earth Day’s 40th anniversary.
In keeping with the green theme, there is no printed auction catalog, just a Web site. A company called Native Energy is providing “carbon offset’’ for the travel associated with the event.
Comedian Chevy Chase will provide commentary alongside Christie’s chief gavel man, Christopher Burge. A celebrity “green carpet’’ is expected to welcome actors Sam Waterston, Candice Bergen and Salma Hayek (who is married to Francois-Henri Pinault, the son of Christie’s owner).
The auction includes art as well. Damien Hirst donated a glossy green-hued heart covered with butterflies and titled “All You Need Is Jealousy’’ (estimated price is $90,000), while art trader Alberto Mugrabi has pitched in Kenny Scharf’s zany 2009 “Sprungle’’(estimated at $60,000).
Art flippers are forewarned. Several lots come with stipulations. Jenny Holzer’s marble footstool is precluded from sale at auction for the next decade. Matthew Ritchie’s dealer Andrea Rosen reserves the right of first refusal if his painting is to be resold.
While some of the priciest offerings have been slotted into Thursday’s live auction, a silent sale --- online until May 6 -- includes a round of golf with former President Bill Clinton at the Trump National Golf Course (estimated at $100,000) and a one-hour tennis lesson with John McEnroe (estimated at $20,000).
Falconing With Kennedy
For outdoorsy types, the silent sale includes a morning of Wyoming fly fishing with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard (estimated at $10,000), and an afternoon of falconing with Bobby Kennedy Jr. in Bedford, New York (estimated at $5,000). The event’s lead sponsor is Deutsche Bank.
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