Christie’s “Insider Art” sale for the benefit of Médecins Sans Frontières

Quilt by Rebecca Roundtree

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On Friday, Christie’s launched its annual “Insider Art” sale, an online charity auction and on-site exhibition of works by its own employees.

Part of the sale, which will end on Friday August 12, will benefit Doctors Without Borders, a global humanitarian organization.

A total of 120 lots from 73 employees across a wide range of departments, most of which are based in New York, will be sold with minimum bids as low as $100.

“We have a huge variety of everything from paintings to sculptural works to photography,” says Shalenie Sanker, who along with fellow artist Campbell Lee is co-directing this year’s Insider Art sale. “And then we have some nice jewelry this year, as well as some NFTs.”

Many of the pieces on offer were created during the pandemic. “This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to build their collection, many works start under $1,000,” says Sanker. “And in some of the other cases, the artists are pretty well established and selling their work regularly.”

Banger by Joe Egan

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The star lot is a cotton and wool quilt, made this year by Rebecca Roundtree, who works at Christie’s Publishing in Brooklyn. The colorful patchwork with a message that reads “There are no artistic urgencies” measures 24.5 inches by 19.5 inches and has a presale estimate of between US$200 and US$400.

“For someone who is always dealing with artistic emergencies, I find this so relevant to what we do in the world,” Sanker says. “And that’s why we partner with an organization like Doctors Without Borders.”

Another strong point is Petard, a mixed medium piece with spray paint and ink on a New York Redbird subway car door by Joe Egan, artist and art lead at Christie’s. Redbird subway cars were built between 1959 and 1963 with dark red paint to combat graffiti and were used until 2003.

Made in 2020, the piece has a pre-sale estimate between $20,000 and $25,000.

Highlights of the sale are on display at Christie’s galleries in New York until the sale closes.

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