Creative State

| April 8, 2015 | Parties

As the West Coast chairwoman of Sotheby’s, Andrea Fiuczynski has seen her share of bidding frenzies—but Laguna Art Museum’s annual auction was a record breaker. Take the live auction: Laddie John Dill’s “Light Sentence” brought in $27,000 (we’ve got Mitchell and Joan Markow to thank for that), while Danny Heller’s “Palms and Architecture” came in at $13,000. (Its original value was $3,400.) Things even got so heated that the uberchic auctioneer removed her silver jacket and took a moment’s rest before all 20 items were sold. There was a silent auction too, during which the 200 aficionados nabbed works from the state’s top talents (the bash was themed California Cool, after all). And when they needed to refuel, there were nibbles from spots like Tortilla Republic and drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka. So, what was the final tally? Nearly $300,000—the highest total in the event’s 33-year history. –Photos by Eric Stoner and Eric Minh Swenson


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