Celebrity Auction Items Benefit Actors Fund and Costume Industry Coalition
Items from the first stage and screen auction drew impressive bids on April 28, with proceeds going to The Actors Fund and the Costume Industry Coalition (CIC). The auction total was US $ 615,573, but global auction house Doyle did not say how it will be split between the two charities.
The Actors Fund has partnered with actress Christine Baranski to present more than 80 celebrity memorabilia, with 100% of the hammer price going to the Actors Fund.
The most expensive item was the monkey music box accessory from the recent West End production of Phantom of the Opera, which was purchased for $ 31,500. It was offered with a personal invitation from Andrew Lloyd Webber for two people to attend the opening night of Phantom on Broadway.
A beaded dress by Jackson Lowell and worn by Dolly Parton at the 2019 CMA Awards found favor with fans who sent it to exceed her estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 to $ 18,900.
Hugh Jackman’s star power turned out to be a competitive bid on a brown leather jacket he wore as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This pushed the price up to $ 15,120, far exceeding its estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000.
A black t-shirt, blue jeans, and leather boots worn on Broadway by Bruce Springsteen also had to sell for $ 2,000 to $ 3,000, but matched Jackman’s jacket for $ 15,120.
The Actors Fund was founded in 1882 and has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago that serve people in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio, and music. dances with programs that include social services, emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.
The Actors Fund has provided more than $ 20 million to more than 15,800 people working in the performing arts and entertainment since the start of the pandemic.
Donations can also be made directly to The Actors Fund to support programs that promote stability and resilience and serve as a safety net for everyone involved in the performing arts and entertainment. COVID-19 has largely shut down shows for over a year, and money donated to The Actors Fund will help the most vulnerable people on the ground meet basic expenses such as food, essential medicines and public services.
Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers – who hosted the online stage and screen auction for a global audience of collectors and fans who bid on a variety of memorabilia from the worlds of theater, film, dance, visual arts, music, costume design, photography and more – donated 10 percent of its auction proceeds to The Actors Fund.
Costume Industry Coalition
In response to the shutdown of the entertainment industry, CIC was launched in May 2020 to advocate for the survival of New York City’s bespoke costume industry. The 56 members of CIC are independent businesses and artisans who create, supply and maintain costumes for the entertainment industry.
As the timeline for the full reopening of entertainment venues remains unclear, CIC members continue to work to ensure their artisans will have an artistic home to return to once the pandemic is completely over.
Seventeen pieces were auctioned off for the benefit of CIC. The highlight was a pair of autographed boots worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton: An American Musical. The boots sold for $ 9,450, more than triple their estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000.