For the second year running, the Staying Alive Foundation organised our most successful fundraising event to date, MTV RE:DEFINE art exhibition and auction, raising more than $1 million.
Held in Dallas Texas on September 22nd, the Goss-Michael Foundation again hosted the event with British curators The Future Tense executing another star-studded art auction in front of a sell-out VIP audience.
Following a live performance from local star Jonathan Tyler, Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company took charge once again of the auction, encouraging the audience of key collectors to bid for the 30 original works on display.
The sale included key works by internationally renowned artists such as Gerard Rancinan, Michael Craig Martin, Ryan McGinness, Ralf Kaspers and Marc Quinn. The star lot was a never-before-seen Marc Quinn orchid painting, which sold above the high estimate at $260,000.
All proceeds will directly benefit The Staying Alive Foundation’s efforts to stop HIV before it starts. The money will help us continue investing in young leaders who are fighting HIV in their local communities, whilst also producing ground-breaking, educational HIV prevention content.
The live art auction ended in a suitably dynamic fashion when British artist Dave White took the stage with a 2 x 2.5m work on canvas, which he had finished only minutes earlier, having painted it live at the event. With a starting price of only $100 and a smaller work by White smashing its high estimate earlier in the sale, bidding was frantic and eventually saw the hammer fall at $20,000.
Other auction items included the chance to take a post-game personal tour of the Dallas Mavericks stadium and locker room. Dallas Mavericks’ star player Dirk Nowitzki served as auctioneer for these packages, spurring a bidding war and successfully selling two $30,000 packages.
“We are extremely pleased and utterly grateful of the generous contributions from last Saturday’s RE:DEFINE event,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
“The incredible support from the artists and gallery’s, the bidders, sponsors and silent auction donors, has been truly outstanding, and the Foundation thanks each and every one of them. Dallas has one of the most passionate and knowledgeable art scenes in the world, and we are so looking forward to returning next year for another wonderful event.”