$175,000 was raised for The Art of Elysium’s Fine Arts program on Wednesday evening at The Art of Elysium and Mercedes Benz’s 7th Annual Pieces of Heaven charity art auction in partnership with Sotheby’s Wednesday evening.
At the event, held at Siren LAB, two of The Art of Elysium’s artists painted Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which were displayed like artwork during the event. A CLA250 was wrapped in artwork by Curtis Kulig and a G550 was hand-painted by Gregory Siff.
Guests enjoyed live entertainment cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while having a chance to bid on over 70 works of art donated by artists, dealers and private collectors that support the charity. The unique artwork was available for purchase during a live and silent auction to benefit The Art of Elysium’s Elysium Project.
Oliver Jeffers’ “Trouble Ahead”, a small watercolor and collage, sold for $6,100 on a $4,000 estimate and Russell Young’s diamond dusted purple Marilyn Monroe screen print sold for $15,000 on a $10,000 estimate. Works by Gary Baseman, Typoe, Robert Levine, Drew Heitzler, Curtis Kulig, Shepard Fairey, James Georgopoulos, Wes Lang, Bert Rodriguez, Gregory Siff, Desire Obtain Cherish, Adarsha Benjamin, Andisheh Avini, Anthony Lister, Fay Ray, Jen Stark and Melanie Pullen all sold pieces as well to benefit the charity.
Additional highlights of the event included an artist talk with Cole Sternberg, a Q&A between Ed Moses and Cole Sternberg and a donation made by the Levine Leichtman family for a Gary Baseman mural on the pediatric floor of the LAC+USC hospital.
Event attendees included Caren Brooks, AJ Cook, Beau Dunn, Shanola Hampton, Brit Marling, Jake McDorman, Rose McGowan, Eugene Sadovoy, Cameron Silver and Sutton Stracke.