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Ian McKellen Auctioning His Wedding Officiant Suit For Charity

 Sir Ian McKellen is offering one lucky bidder the chance to dress just like him in the name of charity. Rather than Magneto’s crimson cape or Gandalf’s flowing robes however, McKellen is auctioning off the suit he wore as the officiant of Sir Patrick Stewart’s wedding last fall.


Proceeds of the auction will go to Only Make Believe, a non-profit focused on using the performing arts to help heal hospitalized children.

Francis Bacon Triptych of Lucian Freud Sells for Record-Breaking $142 Million: VIDEO


Francis Bacon's triptych 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' has sold for $142 million, the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction, the Guardian reports:

The 1969 triptych, never before offered at auction, had carried a pre-sale estimate of about $85m. In the end it easily eclipsed the $119.9m price of Edvard Munch's The Scream, achieved in May 2012 year at Sotheby's. The previous record for a Bacon work of art was $86.3m set in 2008.

The monumental painting depicts the Dublin-born painter's friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud on a chair, with a view from each side and one face-on. Christie's called it "a true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud's relationship" and their "creative and emotional kinship".

With bidding starting at a whopping $80m, it sold after a protracted bidding war both in the packed New York salesroom and via telephone. Christie's did not disclose the identity of the successful buyer.

Watch Christie's explain why the painting is so significant in a fascinating 4-minute featurette surrounding the sale, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'X-Men' Artwork Featuring Northstar's Marriage Proposal to His Boyfriend is Up for Sale


Gay X-Men fans should be salivating over this. The splash page to X-Men #50, in which Northstar proposes to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu, is up for auction on eBay.

Writes the Hollywood Reporter: "The auction is being conducted by the representative for artist Mike Perkins and includes his five preliminary sketches as well as the final drawing."

$5,000 for a Kiss from John Stamos: VIDEO


A moment from this weekend's GLAAD awards in which kisses from Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith, and John Stamos were auctioned. Stamos and his winner were the only same-sex kiss, won for a bid of $5,000. Perhaps they could have received a couple thousand more if there was tongue involved.


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Last Night, This $4.3 Million Andreas Gursky Photograph Became the Most Expensive Ever Sold at Auction


"Rhein II", a photograph of the Rhine River by Andreas Gursky, was sold for $4.3 million at Christie's last night, breaking Cindy Sherman's previous record of $3.89 million, set in May.

A Roy Lichtenstein record was broken too, with a single work going for $43.2 million: "As actor Leonardo DiCaprio looked on in blue jeans and blue baseball cap, the pop artist's 'I Can See the Whole Room!... And There's Nobody in It!' helped London-based Christie's reach a total of $247.6 million."

See the Lichtenstein, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Cindy Sherman Breaks Records


I posted briefly last week about the Christie's auction, but missed this detail.

Pop Photo writes

While not the priciest item up for auction that day, Cindy Sherman's "Untitled #96" from 1981 passed all records for photography, and was sold for $3.89 million. According to, the buyer was New York dealer Philippe Segalot, and the underbidder was Per Skarstedt, also a New York dealer. Christie's confirmed that this was a record for a photograph at auction, previously held by Andreas Gursky's "99 Cent II Diptychon," which fetched $3.35 million in 2006.


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