Last night Patti Smith rocked the house. The auction house. Sotheby’s.
The venerable ol’ East Side bidding grounds was the venue for a silent auction and cocktail benefit organized by Tools for Thought and Partners in Health to support efforts to rebuild Haiti after the disastrous earthquakes there. “This is good,” said filmmaker Everard Findlay. “The money will get to the people.”
Artists as far a field as Jeff Koons, Michael Stipe and Aurel Schmidt contributed works of art for the auction and Ms. Smith contributed a rock star performance, at the end of which, with fist raised high, she said, “This is for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. We’re with you.”