Nudes, Boulud, Watts Raise $800,000 for NYC Art School

Take Home a Nude 2012
Benefiting the New York Academy of Art, a graduate program teaching classical skills, the 21st annual Take Home a Nude gala and fundraiser held at Sotheby's attracted a wealth of celebrities and donors. Photographer: Philip Lewis/Bloomberg

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- “Welcome nudes, ladies and dudes,” a deep male voice announced through loudspeakers.

Women in hot pants marched on stilts around the 10th floor of Sotheby’s headquarters in Manhattan.

It was the 21st annual “Take Home a Nude” fundraiser for the New York Academy of Art, a graduate program teaching classical skills. Almost 150 works, many featuring minimal wardrobe, were sold by silent auction.

The event attracted actors Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Brooke Shields, chef Daniel Boulud, Miami-based collector Martin Margulies and head of Astenbeck Capital Management Andrew J. Hall. It raised about $800,000. Click here to see the slide show.

To contact the reporters of this story: Katya Kazakina in New York at kkazakina@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.