The recent Actors’ Fund on-line bidfest of entertainment artifacts, theatre memorabilia and celebrity experiences has netted the charity organization over $104,000. The two-week international auction was conducted on Yahoo! in conjunction with the famed auction house, Christie’s.
Described as the “only national humanitarian service organization that provides for the welfare of all individuals who make their living in the entertainment industry,” the Actors’ Fund was able to auction such things as a “Will And Grace” walk on part for $27,000, a VIP day with Yankee manager Joe Torre for $12,100, a Woody Allen film walk-on part for $11,600, and other items too numerous to mention.
Tony winner and committee chair Bebe Neuwirth conducted a live chat on Dec. 15 at the Yahoo Internet site hosting the Actors’ Fund’s “Auction Of 1000 Stars.” “It was so amazing to watch as people became more and more enthusiastic and competitive with their bids,” Neuwirth later said in statement.
As reported earlier, The Actors’ Fund of America, in partnership with YAHOO! and Christie's Auction House conducted its second “Auction Of 1000 Stars” beginning Dec. 1. This second auction was launched exclusively on the web in order to maximize holiday sales.
—By Murdoch McBride