(Thursday, September 22, 2011 - New York) With a sale total of $13,662,000 – well over the original estimate of $7.5 to $10.5 million – Christie’s, Ben Stiller, and David Zwirner are delighted to announce the outstanding results of the Artists for Haiti auction for charity. The auction included 27 works by 26 of today’s most prominent artists, many of which were created specifically for this cause. Four world auction records were obtained and two works of art were sold for over one million U.S. dollars – Marlene Dumas at $2,000,000 and Luc Tuymans at $1,150,000 – with many lots realizing well over their pre-sale estimates. Christie’s generously waived its standard commission fees for Artists for Haiti, and 100% of the proceeds of the sale are going to support nonprofit groups and NGOs that are already performing extraordinary work on the ground in Haiti, including: Architecture for Humanity, J/P HRO, Partners In Health, and The Stiller Foundation, among others. “We are so grateful to all of the artists who dedicated their time and talent to help raise an extraordinary amount of money that will be utilized as efficiently and quickly as possible to help the people of Haiti. Christie’s and David Zwirner Gallery worked very hard to make this a success and I am thankful to have them as partners in this effort,” declared Ben Stiller.
“What an amazing evening! We are overwhelmed by the support we were able to get for tonight's auction. We exceeded the high estimate of $10 million, which is no small feat in today's uncertain times. Thanks to everyone who bid tonight, we can now go to work on the much needed humanitarian efforts to help the children in Haiti. We especially want to extend our appreciation to François Pinault and everyone at Christie's,” said David Zwirner. “Christie's is thrilled with the excellent results and the four auction records for Adel Abdessemed ($350,000), Glenn Ligon ($450,000), Nate Lowman ($140,000), and Raymond Pettibon ($820,000), the works of art were of incredible quality and range, and highlight the generosity of the many artists who donated works,” said Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Development at Christie’s. Other top sales were a major work from 1967 by Dan Flavin ($950,000), which was donated by The Estate of Dan Flavin; Neo Rauch ($900,000); Urs Fischer ($920,000); and Cecily Brown ($790,000). Raymond Pettibon donated two major surfer drawings, and those set both a world record at auction ($820,000), as well as the second highest price achieved by the artist at auction ($760,000). On January 12, 2010, Haiti — the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere — was struck by a catastrophic earthquake that reportedly took nearly 230,000 lives, injured over 300,000 people, and left over a million homeless and displaced. Even now, well over a year and a half later, widespread devastation remains.

In early 2011, actor, director, and philanthropist Ben Stiller joined together with gallerist and art dealer David Zwirner to organize Artists for Haiti, a major, high-profile art auction at Christie’s in New York. Artists for Haiti, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, joins in the much needed humanitarian effort to raise significant funds for children’s education and health programs. “Over a year after the massive quake in Haiti there remains a huge need to rebuild and help the country,” said Ben Stiller. “With the generosity of Christie’s and the artists who have contributed pieces to the auction, David and I are working to help raise funds, so that the children of Haiti have an opportunity to receive the education they need to lead a better life and fulfill the potential of this vibrant and important culture.”

“When Ben and I visited Haiti earlier this year, I immediately felt compelled to do something to help,” said David Zwirner. “The art world is a generous place, and I am incredibly thankful for the extraordinary support from the artists and the arts community.”

 The auction was preceded by a preview exhibition at David Zwirner’s New York gallery (September 6 – 14).
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Auction Catalogue

A beautifully produced, large-scale auction catalogue has been specially produced by Christie's and David Zwirner. The artworks are featured with full color plates, with many presented as fold-out pages. The catalogue also includes texts about each work, quotes from some of the artists about the project, and introductions by Ben Stiller and David Zwirner as well as Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health. View the online catalogue


All works were on view at David Zwirner in New York from September 6 to 14, 2011. View the exhibition here  
Image: Copyright Randall Slavin, January 2011