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Fire Island Pines Gay Resort Hits Auction Block Today; Bids Start at $8.5 Million

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The historic and iconic commercial district of New York's longtime gay resort Fire Island Pines, which includes the Pavilion nightclub, several restaurants, a hotel and retail spaces, goes up for auction today in Islip with a suggested starting bid of $8.5 million, less than half of the nearly $20 million it sold for to Andrew Kirtzman, Seth Weissman and Matthew Blesso in 2010.

See the auction page here.

The NYT reports:

Several familiar parties are said to be vying for the property, including the former owner. The sale may be a letdown for Mr. Kirtzman and his partners, but the Pines itself has remained popular even as homosexuality has found acceptance in places like wedding chapels and prime time television, and on beaches from Montauk to Cape May.

“It’s a beautiful, glamorous place, a place that was central to gay liberation,” said Jay Pagano, president of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association. “That’s still very important to the people who lived the struggle, and to the people who benefited from it.”

Among those who have expressed interest in the auction, according to the NYT, is the manager of the adjacent Sip-N-Twirl nightclub, OUTNYC Hotel owner Ian Reisner, and Eric von Kuersteiner, a Manhattan entrepreneur who owned the property from 2003 to 2010.

Stay tuned for news on the outcome of today's auction...


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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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

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"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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