RELEASE: Christie’s and Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Auction To Benefit Victims of Japan’s Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake Totaled $ 8,756,100

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New York

New York – With a sale total of $ 8,756,100, Christie’s is proud to have joined with Takashi Murakami and Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. to provide support for the victims of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku-Pacific earthquake in Japan by dedicating a special section of the Fall New York sales to the continuing relief effort. Proceeds from the sale, which included works made by some of the biggest names in contemporary art personally selected by Murakami, will be contributed to The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Global Giving and International Medical Corps in order to provide relief to the survivors of the catastrophe, the effects of which continue to be devastating.

Takashi Murakami commented: "It was with the goal of engaging people in a shared understanding of the catastrophic state of af fairs that I wanted to hold this event; if an art auction can serve as the impetus for such understanding, then I am hopeful that we can make our present hardship worthwhile.”

"Christie's has been thrilled, happy and proud to be part of this amazing philanthropic venture for such an important charitable event with Takashi Murakami. The quality of works of art highlighted the generosity of the many artists who donated pieces. Charity is an important component of our work at Christie's, but also in the contemporary art community as a whole.” declared Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Development at Christie’s.

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