Famed British auction house Sotheby’s and Google are (virtually) coming together to hold the “MayDay Covid-19 Charity Auction.” On offer is a list of virtual experiences hosted by some of the biggest names in the arts, music, politics and business. Thus, the highest bidders gain their time, knowledge and expertise.
“We are proud to bring our centuries of experience and the power of our online auctions to bear against the impact of COVID-19,” said Charles Stewart, the CEO of Sotheby’s. “With the partnership of Google and so many leading figures who have pledged to support this unique venture, we hope to be able to deliver meaningful resources for the extraordinary efforts of the International Rescue Committee, needed now more than ever.”
Starting tomorrow, May 1, through May 8, an ever-growing list of all-star experiences will be auctioned without reserve. Bidding will start at USD50 and will be presented via Google Meet video calls. All of the funds raised from the auction will be used to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in its COVID-19 relief efforts for vulnerable communities across the U.S. and Europe.
The experiences on offer include a virtual coffee meeting with Hillary Clinton, a Shakespearean acting lesson with English actor and producer Sir Patrick Stewart, a private video call with Apollo 9 astronaut Russell Schweickart, as well as a date to create a virtual artwork with British contemporary artist Marc Quinn.
Moving on the next auction block, there is an opportunity to record a song with Sting, a coffee break with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a chat with Julien Casablancas and other band members of The Strokes, as well as a personal coaching session with best-selling American entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss. Last but not least, participants can compete to have a one-to-one with comedy actor Sacha Baron Cohen, chat about interior styling with renowned decorator Jacques Grange as well as a private tour of Highclere Castle, where “Downton Abbey” was filmed, alongside the series’ lead actors and creator.
All lots of the “Mayday COVID-19 Charity Auction” are also transferable and shareable, giving winning bidders the opportunity to enjoy the experience themselves or with any person of their choosing.