Inside the Wild World of Charity Auctions
June 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

Benefit auctions, popping up every spring like Park Avenue tulips, have become about as ubiquitous as art fairs and openings. Charity sales are the primary means by which artists can pack a philanthropic punch, but they can be an exasperating staple of New York’s art-world calendar, burdening the artists who donate work with drawbacks and…

Soccer Superstar Lionel Messi Donates Shoes, Enrages Entire Country
April 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

Lionel Messi is one of the world's best-known sports figures and one of the most famous people on the planet. So when the soccer star donated his cleats to an Arab television station, to later be auctioned for charity, it seemed like a nice gesture. Autographed Messi gear fetches big bucks online, so it's reasonable to assume it'd do the same for charity. Little did Messi know, his gift would cause an international incident...

Ringo Starr to Auction the Beatles 'Stuff' for Charity
September 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

Ringo Starr seems to be on a bit of a cleaning binge. And that can be a chore when you own an estate in London, one in Beverly Hills and another in Monaco. Last week, the Beatles drummer announced that he was preparing to publish a new book of never-before-seen photographs he took of the…

9-Point Profitability Checklist for Your Next Fundraising Auction
June 2, 2014

There’s nothing like an experienced charity auctioneer’s coaching when it comes to a high-profit fundraising auction. And I was quite impressed with the tips that Sherry Trular of Red Apple Auctions shared with us in our Highly Profitable Fundraising Events series. Here are Sherry’s top nine points to help you raise the most money possible out of your auction: You need a great sound system. You need terrific lighting. Run your silent auction like a store. Run your live auction like a high-end boutique …

Fundraising Silent Auctions: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, the Easy
April 28, 2014

Got a fundraising silent auction coming up? Silent auctions are a bit like the story of the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead: When they are good they are very, very good; when they are bad they are horrid. With that, here are the characteristics of the good, the bad, the ugly and the easy in regard to fundraising silent auctions.

Brooke Astor Home Auction Fetches $18.8 Million in NYC
September 27, 2012

An auction of the contents of philanthropist Brooke Astor's two homes brought in more than $18.8 million, Sotheby's said Tuesday. Sotheby's offered 901 objects in all, including European and Asian furnishings, Old Masters, Qing Dynasty paintings, tea sets, silverware, jewelry, a porcelain menagerie, more than 100 dog paintings and even the uniforms of her domestic staff at a two-day auction that began Monday.

Proceeds will go to institutions and charities, including the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, under a settlement negotiated by the state attorney general's office.