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Back For The Future: Nike McFlys

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Bidding has now begun for the most famous shoe never made– until now.

Go Michael J. Fox, go!  Money to a great cause…

For 10 days, 150 pairs of 2011 Nike MAG shoes will be listed on eBay. The first of the auctions begins September 8 at 11:30 p.m. EDT. All net proceeds from the auction sales of the 2011 Nike MAG shoes will go directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, and his wife Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of personal genetics company 23andMe, are matching up to $50 million in funds raised by the Foundation between now and December 31, 2012. Net proceeds from the 2011 MAG auctions on eBay will be matched, so please bid generously.
Together we’re going to help erase Parkinson’s disease from the space-time continuum.

Damien Hirst Audi A1

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Love this Damien Hirst Audi A1 for Sir Elton John’s AIDS foundation. He spin-painted the completely drivable glossy A1 in his studio in Gloucestershire, England specifically for the auction. It came bundled together with a painting on canvas which he created at the same time. With a $524,000 bid, this is what the winner took home. Via Designboom

The Vader Project: Los Angeles

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The Vader Project features 100 Darth Vader Helmets re-imagined by today’s most notable artists. Pretty sweet.

In July, The Vader Project travels to Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the final opportunity to view the helmets in person before they are sold at auction. The Freeman’s Auction will take place July 10, 2010 at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania preceded by a 5-day exhibition there July 5-9.

The Vader Project will be at Freeman’s Los Angeles Auction Preview Exhibition. On View: June 12 – 20, 2010 Noon-6pm at 6812 Melrose AvenueLos Angeles, California

Poketo Cancer Benefit and Art Auction

Poketo.jpg While we’re on the subject of doing something good, let’s turn our attention to Poketo’s Cancer Benefit and Art Auction going on this Friday. We’re always super behind their projects, but this one hits a cause that’s other than for profit. Forty L.A. artists from Shepard Fairey to Saelee Oh have donated pieces to be sold to caring and generous buyers interested in helping Poketo friend Justin Van Hoy help pay for his ongoing medical treatment after receiving a successful bone marrow transplant. No doubt those of you who are unemployed and thus out of health insurance (hell, I can’t even remember the last time I had health insurance myself) can understand how even a little bit of money can help. It’s a totally win-win situation"”you get a great piece of work for a good price, help someone else while doing it and even get to pig out on free food and drinks. The silent auction takes place at the Poketo Studio in L.A. this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Does good karma exist? Time to test it out.

Own a Piece of Storefront

When the Storefront for Art and Architecture renovated its New York City space this past summer, some things had to go. Among the items that got the ol’ heave ho were the iconic letters that adorned its facade since 1993. While the concrete creations by Steven Holl and Vito Acconci are no longer out front for visitors to admire, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to the alphabetical art again. If you’ve got a few bucks you can have a historical memento. The Storefront is holding a 2008 Holiday Benefit Auction for four of these lovely letters ( T,F,G, and O). We recommend getting your bid in before the 12 p.m., December 20th deadline. No low ball offers though, as the the bidding starts at $1000 for each piece.

Dan Funderburgh x ObamaBike

Would you like a cleaner environment? Ride bike. Would you like a Democrat in the White House? Vote for Barack Obama.  Or, mash the two together with this Obama bike that just hit eBay. The bike is designed by activist Dan Funderburgh and his renowned Obama print. This bike isn’t just a print — there is only one and it is up for bids on eBay (guess where the proceeds go). For those of you bikers the specs should be rather pleasing. Have a look on the auction page. Happy bidding.

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Playboy: The Art of Beauty

It may surprise you but there is more to Playboy than just the articles — there are also cartoons. Over the past 50 years the slightly risqué, yet always humorous, toons have become one of its most well-known features. Now you have the opportunity to snag one of theses original works of art for your personal collection at Playboy: The Art of Beauty. These 17 pieces, picked by Playboy‘s art curator Aaron Baker, represent some of the most extraordinary artists that have been showcased over the past half-century. The auction is being held on October 15 at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.

Music Saves Lives: One Guitar Left!

If you’re looking to score major brownies points and do a little good this Christmas, you might consider getting in on the Music Saves Lives Gibson Guitar auction before it’s too late. There’s one more left — the Josh Kenyon-painted, Bad Religion-autographed “Beware of Friends” Les Paul — and there’s only two days before some lucky duck could be strumming away on it on Christmas morning. That little quacker could be you! More info here.

Related: Kenyon x Nichols x Music Saves Lives

Evolving Styles: London's Live Christmas Street Art Auction

‘Tis the season to be a charitable graff artist, it seems. If London is more in your neighborhood than Bethlehem, you best take you and your Santa hat to Cargo this Friday for a live art auction featuring some of the best names in street art. Evolving Styles will offer original works by names like FAFI, Faile, MARS-1 and DAZE, as well as the developing works of artists like Flying Fortress, Mr Jago, and Herakut, who will be live painting at the event. All proceeds from Evovling Styles will go towards the largest orphan charity in the world, SOS Children, meaning the money you pay for art will help care for child soldiers and street children, and not some snooty gallery owner’s couture addiction. You can check to see if your favorite artist will be part of the event (or get a head start with online bidding) here.

Kenyon x Nichols x Music Saves Lives

Two of our favorite artist pals, Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols, recently became involved with the Music Saves Lives Gibson Guitar Project, an awesome Gibson/musician/artist collab whose proceeds will go towards very good things. Five Les Paul guitars were signed individually signed by Coheed and Cambria, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and Meg and Dia, then made their way into the hands of Josh and Colby, who customized the guitars with their own unique styles of hand painting. Check them out and fall in love here, but don’t worry if you lack the funds to nail one – you can also scoop up similar artwork from the same place in the form of one of a limited edition prints (proceeds of which will also benefit the Music Saves Lives Project). The guitars are being auctioned off one at a time — and there are just three left — so hurry up, place your bid, and form your band.

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