Saving the Planet, One Handbag at a Time


Fendi handbags customized by artists Richard Prince (top) and KAWS (bottom) for Christie’s Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth.

Earth Day is still a few weeks away, but Christie’s got the planet-saving off to an early start on Tuesday. The auction house partnered with Runway to Green to hold A Bid to Save the Earth, an auction and fashion show extravaganza that raised $1.4 million to benefit Conservation International, Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy. Although it’s too late to enter the paddle battle for lots such as the opportunity to spend a day with President Bill Clinton (one of the sale’s top lots, that went for $100,000), the companion online auction is open through Thursday, April 7. We’ve got our eye on the Fendi baguettes customized by artists including KAWS, Damien Hirst (who created one spin-art version and another covered in rows of candy-colored LSD dots), Andisheh Avini, and Enoc Perez. Richard Prince picked up a marker and jotted a corny joke on his canvas and leather version, while Tom Sachs went for pyro-chic and torched his baguette into oblivion. If it’s fashionable experiences you’re in the market for, bid on runway show tickets and shopping sprees from the likes of Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, and Vera Wang or splurge on meet and greets with Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, and John McEnroe, whose one-hour tennis lesson has already reached $26,000.