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Record Art Auction at CAA Raises $1.2 Million for Project Angel Food

The Hollywood Reporter, 25 April 2013  

Ryan Murphy and CAA's Kevin Huvane were among the winning bidders of artworks by the likes of Frank Gehry and Mark Bradford, raising money to deliver meals to people who are homebound. A lively evening of friendly bidding wars led to a highly successful evening for the 9th annual Angel Art, the auction supporting Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to providing daily meals for people homebound or disabled by HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. Held in the lobby of CAA in Century City, Angel Art raised $1.2 million for the program -- their highest effort yet -- which translates to 240,000 delivered meals. A Self-Consciously Weird 2013 MOCA Gala Raises $2.5 Million LACMA Raises Record $3 Million for New Works With Support of Brian Grazer, Bryan Lourd “This is the best event because it’s such an efficient event,” said Angel Art Committee member Maria Arena Bell, formerly the executive producer of The Young and the Restless and the co-chair of the board at the MOCA. “It’s a great fundraiser for the organization because everyone works so hard, gathers up all the art, and then in two hours, everything is sold, and all this money goes to feed people who really need the help.” As bids filtered in from the silent auction, CAA managing partner and event committee member Kevin Huvane opened the live auction with a winking warning to the art world royalty in the crowd: “Remember, I know most of you, I know what you’re worth, I know where you live. I can shame you.” Huvane gave the stage to Tobias Meyer, the worldwide head of contemporary art and principal auctioneer at Sotheby’s, who held court in a playfully energetic live auction. When one lot -- for photographer Catherine Opie to do a commissioned portrait of the winning bidder -- came up, Meyer quipped, “What’s the price of narcissism?” Huvane, paddle at the ready, made a play for the work. “That’ll be a very nice portrait,” Meyer jabbed. “You’re very good looking.” Moments later, Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s husband, David Miller, raised his paddle on the winning bid of $31,000, prompting Meyer to comment: “It could be the both of you … or it could be the baby.” Huvane didn’t go home empty handed, however, outbidding producer and Project Angel Food board member Darren Star on a large work titled I Bet You Don’t Remember That I’m the Kid That Came Through (Used to Wash Your Car) by street artist Retna. “Did you used to wash cars?” asked Meyer, upon the winning bid. Huvane nodded.


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