On May 17 some of Broadway’s power players gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel to lend their support and signatures to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ “Time to Give” Auction. The “Time to Give” auction is a collaboration between Audemars Piguet Swiss watches and the Tony Awards. Each watch will be a one-of-a-kind creation featuring the celebrity’s signature recreated on the back or side.
Kelsey Grammer and Jay-Z
Legends of the Great White Way attended the invitation-only auction, conducted by Christie’s Lydia Fenet. Liev Schreiber’s signature watch sold for $13,000. Screen and stage veteran Catherine Zeta Jones’ signed timepiece brought in $80,000 and Nathan Lane’s autographed watch sold for $26,000.
Francois-Henry Bennahmias and Vanessa Williams
Meryl Streep is not only a big draw at the box office; she is big draw on the auction block as well. Her watch sold for $100,000. Francois-Henry Bennahmias, President and CEO of Audemars Piguet North America, provided a second autographed Meryl Streep Millenary Astrologia watch to a guest willing to match the $100,000 bid. Kelsey Grammer’s autographed Jules Audemars Chronograph watch sold for $45,000. Vanessa Williams sang an a cappella rendition of “Losing My Mind,” which she sings in Sondheim on Sondheim, live after someone paid $50,000 for her watch. Jay-Z brought in the highest price of the evening for his autographed Royal Oak Offshore Las Vegas Strip timepiece. His signature watch and signed poster from Fela! sold for $220,000.
Other celebrities that lent their signatures to Audemars Piguet watches were Antonio Banderas, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Edie Falco, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde Pierce, Hugh Jackman, Jane Krakowski, Angela Lansbury, Cyndi Lauper, John Lithgow, Sienna Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Cynthia Nixon, Chita Rivera and Anika Noni Rose. Fifteen of the autographed Swiss timepieces are still available for bidding at www.charitybuzz.com/audemarspiguet. The auction closes on May 24.
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