Back to Press Thursday February 20, 2014

Paddle8 Presents Art Auction for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Culminating with Event in Los Angeles Hosted by Colin Farrell

Auction features works by Bruce Weber, Catherine Opie, Herb Ritts, Firooz Zahedi, and other artists who were inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and her extraordinary legacy.

Online auction house Paddle8 is honored to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Wilding Cran Gallery to present an auction of works by leading contemporary artists who were inspired by Taylor’s legacy. Bidding is available online, culminating in a live auction and private party on February 27 hosted by Colin Farrell, one of Taylor’s close friends. Proceeds from the auction will support The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The auction features works that celebrate Elizabeth Taylor by many artists who knew Taylor personally. Advance bidding is available at Paddle8 through February 27, Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday, at paddle8.com/auction/etaf. Auction highlights include:

A photograph of Taylor’s jewels by renowned photographer Catherine Opie, part of a series Opiemade of Taylor’s clothing and jewelry collection in 2010 (estimate: $30,000)

A black-and-white portrait of Taylor by celebrated fashion photographer Herb Ritts, taken in Bel Air in 1997 (estimate: $3,500)

A photograph by Bruce Weber of “The Annual Meeting of the Most Devoted Elizabeth Taylor Fan Club, Golden Beach, Florida”—eight dogs of different breeds surrounded by photographs of magazine covers of Taylor, an ardent lover of animals (estimate: $9,000)

A close-up of Taylor by photographer Firooz Zahedi, who traveled with Taylor to Iran in 1976, documenting her trip and beginning a friendship that continued for the rest of her life (estimate: $5,000)

Bidding will transfer from Paddle8 to a private live event on the evening of February 27, with guest host Colin Farrell and a musical performance by Katherine McPhee and Rhys Tivey (Taylor’s grandson, a jazz trumpeter).

The host committee for the auction and party includes Aileen Getty, Anthony Cran, Barbara Berkowitz, Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, Catherine Opie, Christopher Wilding, Colin Farrell, Firooz Zahedi, Joel Goldman, Jose Eber, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Naomi Wilding, Tim Mendelson, and Victoria Brynner.

About The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) was established by Elizabeth Taylor in 1991 to raise funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to provide assistance for those living with the virus. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (1) supports organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and (2) supports organizations that provide education to the public regarding the AIDS virus and the prevention of AIDS. ETAF provides financial support for organizations and entities both within the United States and internationally. To learn more or to make a donation please visit www.etaf.org.

About Wilding Cran Gallery

Wilding Cran Gallery represents a roster of emerging and established contemporary artists.  The gallery was founded by Naomi Wilding, granddaughter of the late Elizabeth Taylor, and her husband Anthony Cran.  The inaugural exhibition for the gallery's new home in Los Angeles will take place in April 2014. Visit www.wildingcran.com for more information.

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: curated auctions of art and collectibles under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. To date, Paddle8 has collaborated with over 200 non- profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions online, dramatically expanding the audience of supporters and fundraising results for each non-profit partner. The company was founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur. Paddle8 is funded by VC firm Founder Collective (past investments include Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed), the investment group Mousse Partners (past investments include Paperless Post, Warby Parker, Bonobos), artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling; Alexander von Furstenberg, and Matthew Mellon, among others.

For more information, please contact Sarah Goulet, press@paddle8.com

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