Bidders Raise Their Paddles for Iconic Art at SF MOMA Art Auction

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Bidders came from far and wide to have the chance to take home some of the world’s most iconic pieces of art.  The SF MOMA Art Auction 2013 was the MOMA’s last gathering before closing for their 2 year renovation, raising the stakes just little higher for the bidders.

During the auction, some 500 supporters of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art gathered at the museum to bid on artwork.  The evening began with cocktails in the Schwab Room, where guests took in the live and silent auction pieces, which were donated by galleries nationwide.  When the bidding got underway, new mobile-bidding devices contributed to strong competition over the pieces by artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.  In total, $1.5 million was raised in support of the museum’s exhibitions and education programs, with the highest-selling work of the night (self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat) by Chuck Close) going for $100,000.

Guests included Event Chair Alka Agrawal and husband Ravin, Gretchen and John Berggruen; Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar; Dolly and George Chammas, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein; Bob and Randi Fisher: Stanlee Gatti; Jon and Linda Gruber and Mimi Haas.

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