On March 21st at Del Posto, The Lunchbox Fund hosted an auction of one-of-a-kind books, prints and book objects, hand created by a collection of artists, celebrities and newsmakers.

Contributors to the auction include Sir Ben Kingsley, Chuck Close, Archbishop Desmond Tutu with South African artist Paul Du Toit, Hugh Masekela, Kelsey and Tony Bennett, Michael Stipe, Phillip Glass, Mick Rock with Shepard Fairey and many others.

The initial auction including the works of Chuck Close, Salman Rushdie with Francisco Clemente, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu illustrated by South African artist Paul Du Toit raised nearly $140,000. The remaining works are still up for bidding online.

Some of the items still up for grabs include:

  • A limited edition cookbook with recipes by Chef Mario Batali and linocuts created by artist Jim Dine
  • A photo album of prints of John Lennon and Yoko Ono by rock photographer Bob Gruen, handpicked and individually inscribed by Ono
  • An original short story by Salman Rushdie with illustrations by Francesco Clemente
  • An original photo series by Chuck Close
  • A collection of his favorite film quotes by Sir Ben Kingsley
  • A handwritten score by composer Philip Glass
  • Handwritten text and drawings from Hugh Masekela
  • Handwritten meditations by Deepak Chopra
  • Handwritten quotes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu illustrated by South African artist Paul Du Toit
  • A series of photos and prints of David Bowie, Joey Ramone and Joan Jett by photographer Mick Rock and artist Shepard Fairey
  • A vellum cylinder with hand inscribed lyrics by Sting
  • A photo box created by Tony and Kelsey Bennett

The Lunchbox Fund Bookfair online auction will stop accepting bids at midnight on Saturday, March 31st. Bids are currently being accepted on Ebay’s Auction Cause site at www.lunchboxfundbookfair.com.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards providing daily meals for school children in South Africa. Many of these children are AIDS orphans running child-headed households, who have to make a choice to either eat or go to school. Often, this is their only meal of the day. Founded in 2005 by South African native Topaz Page-Green, The Lunchbox Fund is committed to providing students with access to nutrition, and is passionate about what food can do to lift people out of poverty, while keeping a keen eye on sustainability and a green environment.

Please visit www.thelunchboxfund.org, or see the organization’s
Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.

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