Who can resist a party called Take Home a Nude? Titillating, yes. Scandalous, no. The reality is it's an art auction and cocktail party of nude art work held at Sotheby's, benefiting the New York Academy of Art. In fact, the event, held on October 18, raised $800,000 for the Academy's extensive scholarship programs.
An Eric Fischl watercolor went for $75,000 to a private bidder. Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi won Kim McCarty's Swirl for $12,000 (from the silent auction), Alex White won Donald Baechler's Skull for $6,000. The Will Cotton custom portrait went for $44,000 (the bidder was private). Cotton painted Katie Perry in the nude for her Teenage Dream album cover and also served as an art director for her California Gurls video. Aby Rosen won John Currin's Glana for $15,000.
Attendees included honoree artist Eric Fischl; Co-Chairs Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet, husband Antoine Chiquet, Samantha Boardman Rosen and Aby Rosen; NYAA Board Chair Eileen Guggenheim, NYAA President David Kratz, Glenda Bailey, top NYC realtor Serena Boardman, gallery owner Mary Boone, writer Amanda Brooks, writer Bob Colacello, Kate de Brienne and Dr. Fred Brandt, Rose Dergan,actor Ben Gazzara, Padma Lakshmi, designer Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Heather Mnuchin, Gretchen Mol and husband Tod Williams, designer Cynthia Rowley, fashion writer Helen Lee Schifter, model Hana Soukupova, Jamie Tisch, and Allure Magazine's Linda Wells along with participating artists Will Cotton, Donald Baechler and more.
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