So much has changed since the last season of Friends aired in 2004. If you’re nostalgic for Central Perk, now’s your chance to own a piece of history, all for a good cause.
Famed photographer Mark Seliger has teamed up with Red Carpet Advocacy (RAD) and Christie’s auction house to sell 26 iconic photographs of some of the world’s biggest celebrities and donating the proceeds to coronavirus relief organizations. One of the photos is the iconic black-and-white photo of Jennifer Aniston that he took in 1995, shortly after hairstylist Chris McMillan gave her the haircut that will forever be known as “The Rachel.”
In an Instagram post, the actor called Seliger “my dear friend” and explained that her photo’s auction would be raising money for the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. “100% of sales proceeds of this portrait will go to @NAFClinics, an organization which provides free coronavirus testing and care nationwide to the medically underserved,” she wrote. “Thank you again to Mark for allowing me to be part of this.”
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My dear friend @markseliger teamed up with @radvocacy and @christiesinc to auction 25 of his portraits – including mine ☺️- for COVID-19 relief… 100% of sales proceeds of this portrait will go to @NAFClinics, an organization which provides free coronavirus testing and care nationwide to the medically underserved. Link in my bio to learn more about the auction. Thank you again to Mark for allowing me to be part of this ❤️🙏🏼 #radart4aid
In an interview with InStyle, Seliger remembered the day the duo worked on the photo together like it was yesterday. “We shot a lot of different pictures, but that one really seemed to be the great takeaway,” he said of the portrait, which features a Aniston obscuring her nude body with crossed legs. “It was a breakout time for her, and [the photo] really showed her as this very open, strong person. I think it kind of captured who she was.”
The auction ends on June 12, and the bidding on Aniston’s photo is already on the high end: Someone offered $6,500 for the photo after Christie’s experts appraised it for selling between $5,000 and $7,000. A portrait of former President Barack Obama is estimated to sell for up to $15,000, while a photo of Kurt Cobain taken in 1993 may sell for up to $6,000.
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#RADArt4Aid bidding is officially OPEN! Join us in supporting critical COVID-19 relief for various charities on the frontlines of national and international relief: from food banks to PPE equipment, women's shelters to veterans, suicide prevention to the elderly. 100% of sales proceeds will go directly to charity! Bidding now open through June 12th Hit the link in bio to bid at @christiesinc or head to our IG Stories to donate to @newyorkcares today. Every dollar counts! I am supporting @newyorkcares. What they do: In the days before New York Cares, volunteering was unnecessarily complicated. The organization's founders believed that individuals could make a real difference in improving NYC by having the necessary tools. New York Cares has infused volunteerism with business acumen to enable anyone who volunteers through their programs to have an impact on New York City. That's why they're the City's go-to and mobilize 52,000 volunteers to mentor students, serve meals in soup kitchens, clean up parks, help the homeless get back on their feet, and dozens of other selfless acts. Why we love New York Cares: New York Cares provides a smarter way to volunteer and, in so doing, has a huge impact on our beloved city of New York. New York Cares partners with 1350 schools and non-profits across NYC. Their staff plan and manage 1600 volunteer-led projects every MONTH. Volunteers served 400,000 New Yorkers in need last year, and the portraits that will benefit New York Cares are @oprah, @officialkeef, #JohnLeeHooker, and #MikhailBaryshnikov.
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