Bono’s Trash Bin Sells for $30K at Charity Auction

vipp helena bono.jpgRemember when earlier this month, we told you about that charity auction of Vipp trash bins customized by everyone from Mario Batali and Mario Buatta to Jenny Holzer and Dale Chihuly? The event succeeded in raising thousands for the Food Bank for New York City and Chernobyl Children’s Project International. Bono‘s bin alone sold for an impressive $30,000 in the live auction. But the U2 frontman did more than doodle for a good cause; his bin (pictured at left, with auction organizer Helena Christensen) contained unpublished lyrics off of U2’s next album, including a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday. (Which makes us feel terribly inadequate: we just FedExed him a Carvel cake.)

Click “continued…” for photos from the star-studded evening at Winston Wachter Fine Art Gallery, where Vipp trash bin customizers including Karim Rashid, Celerie Kemble, and Jason Miller turned out for good clean fun in support of a couple of good causes.


A sampling of the customized Vipp bins up for bid. Artist Dale Chihuly‘s is at far left. The mini-bin at far right is the work of interior designer Leon Ransmeier and beside it is the graduated bin customized by product designer Tomas Libertiny.
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(Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss / Startraks)

Ivana Puric and Karim Rashid support charities and the color pink.
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Stylist Robert Verdi dressed to coordinate with his customized bin, emblazoned with trash-related maxims.
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Vipp President Kasper Egelund with interior designer William Sofield, who added bunny ears to his bins.
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(Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss / Startraks)