Haute Art: Art Auction 2013 benefiting SFMOMA

While Haute Living SF adores getting lost inside the SFMOMA, at the end of the visit, it’s a bit bittersweet to only be able to get a token of the exhibit.  A keychain. A poster.  However now there is an event where you can not only view SFMOMA quality pieces but also procure them at the end.  As the time for the SFMOMA to close down for massive renovations nears (June 2nd!), the biggest event to occur this spring is the fundraising art auction that the SFMOMA is hosting with the assistance of Bonhams Auctions.  SFMOMA recently held an exclusive Collector’s preview party and here are Haute Living’s favorite pieces that will be amongst the live auction pieces offered. Photography courtesy of Drew Altizer as noted.


Andy Warhol Still Life (Hammer and Sickle) From Mnuchin Gallery, New York
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000


          Alka Agrawal and Gary Garrels in front of Chuck Close’s Self-Portrait est. $75,000-$95,000


Admiring the Cindy Sherman Unititled 2010/2012 estimate $50,000-$70,000


Snohetta’s Bloomberry dollhouse – as the architect chosen to reinvent the SFMOMA, it’s only fitting to have one of the works available for purchase at the auction..  Estimate $15,000-$25,000

The actual auction is going to be held on April 24th – tickets and more details available here.   The auction tickets start at $400 but we strongly suggest purchasing the benefactor level ($1000) since that includes reserved seating during the live auction. (Grand Benefactor tickets are already sold out!)   The event will feature both live and silent auctions, providing the opportunity to purchase works by internationally renowned artists such as Jasper Johns, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol, along with a growing list of other photographs, paintings, drawings, and design objects from top galleries nationwide. The evening promises new and exciting works that will be of interest to anyone who loves — or would love — to collect art.  Art Auction 2013 attendees will enjoy champagne and cocktails, creative culinary offerings by McCalls catering, and live musical performance in the museum’s Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Atrium.  The highlight of the evening however will be the possibility of mobile bidding (how typically SF tech-forward of them!), so that bidding while at the bar may be possible.  And most likely encouraged.