George Eastman House 2011 Benefit Auction set for Oct. 3; online portion is live Sept. 26 The George Eastman House Benefit Auction 2011 is live in NYC at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 and online Sept. 27-Oct. 7. More than 230 photographs donated to support museum. Visit eastmanhouse.org
According to iGavelAuctions.com, the 2010 online lots garnered more than 1,700 bids from an international audience of collectors. “This was by far one of the best charity auctions ever presented,” said Lark Mason, president and founder of iGavelAuctions.com and a retired vice president with Sotheby’s. Coupled with the online component, the inaugural auction ultimately raised more than $650,000, making it the largest fundraiser in the museum’s 64-year history. More than 300 people attended the 2010 live auction at Sotheby’s, called “the best attended auction of the season” by Alex Novak of iPhotoCenral.com. The 2010 Eastman House auction at Sotheby’s New York was the auction house’s largest charity auction in history.
The challenge of the recession has required Eastman House to employ new fiscal solutions, such as this auction. Proceeds from the benefit auction help the Eastman House — the world’s oldest museum of photography — maintain its extensive collections of photographs, camera technology, motion pictures, and related literature, totaling more than 4 million objects. Eastman House also serves as an educational institution and center of preservation, offering degree-granting graduate programs in photographic and motion-picture film preservation on the site of the National Historic Landmark house, gardens, and museum.
As museums now must look for creative ways to raise funds, Eastman House’s Anthony Bannon said, “For more than 60 years George Eastman House has showcased and supported photography, and now, for this auction, we turned to the photography world to help the museum. We are overwhelmed by how enthusiastically all have embraced this effort.”
Auction details and the catalog are online at eastmanhouse.org. To receive updates or an auction catalog, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585) 271-3361 ext. 293. Information about the venue is available at www.metropolitanevents.com.
In addition to the generous donors of objects to the auction, sponsors of the George Eastman House Benefit Auction 2011 are iGavelAuctions.com, Sotheby’s New York, Broadcliff Capital Partners, and Kodak, with additional support from Photo District News, photograph, and Hanging Around Frame & Art.
The members of the 2011 George Eastman House Benefit Auction Honorary Committee are Nathan Benn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Bunnell, Francesca Calderone-Steichen, Carl Chiarenza, Elaine Goldman, Howard Greenberg, Paul M Hertzmann and Susan Herzig, Steven Kasher, David Leigh, Robert Longo, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Steve McCurry.
What they’re saying about Eastman House and its auction:
“While it is rare for us to donate prints in support of benefit auctions, we would like to do so in view of the great importance George Eastman House holds in the field, and because of Mr. Avedon's own passion for Eastman House and its influence." - The Richard Avedon Foundation (2011)
"George Eastman House is a diamond. It holds the collective visual memory of our entire nation, and it is incredibly important you support it." - Graham Nash, photographer and musician (2011)
“George Eastman House is the nation's leading photography museum … Rare photos dating to 1850 were donated, along with cameras and photography books, by 227