The yearly event featured a host of teddy bears dressed as famous Broadway characters, many autographed by the original stars who wore the original (human-sized) outfits.
Broadway's Bryan Batt hosted with long-time Sotheby's auctioneer Lorna Kelly presiding over the evening.
The top bids for the 2011 auction went to My Fair Lady – Eliza Doolittle, which was designed by Richard St. Clair and autographed by Julie Andrews and sold for $14,000; Into The Woods – Witch, which was designed by Ariel Pellman and signed by Bernadette Peters and Stephen Sondheim and brought in $6,500; Rock of Ages, which was designed by Karl Ruckdeschel and autographed by Rock of Ages Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis and sold for $6,000; Hairspray, which was designed by Susan Bolt and signed by Broadway's original Link Larkin, Matthew Morrison, and sold for $5,500; and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which was designed by Katie Falk and autographed by Reeve Carney and took in $5,250.
The fundraiser featured bears from such Broadway shows as The Addams Family (signed by Bebe Neuwirth), American Idiot (signed by Billie Joe Armstrong, Melissa Etheridge and Tony Vincent, Hairspray (signed by Matthew Morrison), Hello, Dolly! (signed by Carol Channing), La Bête (signed by Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce), A Little Night Music (signed by Angela Lansbury and Stephen Sondheim), The Merchant of Venice (signed by Al Pacino), Million Dollar Quartet (signed by Levi Kreis), My Fair Lady (signed by Julie Andrews), The Pee-Wee Herman Show (signed by Pee-wee Herman aka Paul Reubens) and The Scottsboro Boys (signed by John Cullum, John Kander and Susan Stroman).
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