On Monday, October 24, the 25th annual “Take Home a Nude®“ art party + auction to benefit the New York Academy of Art was held at Sotheby’s in New York. For the first time, the event raised more than a million dollars.
Guests from the worlds of media, fashion and the arts attended, including Glenda Bailey, Francisco Costa, Will Cotton, Todd Eberle, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Eileen Guggenheim, Kelly Klein, Dominique Levy, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Misha Nonoo, Glenn O’Brien, Rob Pruitt, Cynthia Rowley & Bill Powers, Vito Schnabel, Brooke Shields, Stefano Tonchi, John Varvatos, Naomi Watts and Untitled‘s Indira Cesarine.
The event’s tallies broke all previous records for the Academy, raising over 1.1 million dollars. The silent and live auction featured over 180 lots, including works from Marina Abramovic, Ross Bleckner, Patrick Demarchelier, Nicole Eisenman, Kalup Linzy, Joseph Kosuth, Philip Pearlstein, Enoc Perez, and Rob Wynne. The top lots were portrait commissions from Nan Goldin and Will Cotton, which sold for $60,000 and $80,000, respectively.
In recognition of this anniversary year, the Academy honored Jane Holzer, art collector and muse to Academy co-founder Andy Warhol. At the honoree dinner, Warhol biographer Bob Colacello staged an impromptu interview of Jane in the spirit of Andy’s Interview Magazine.