Sotheby’s Auction House is hosting an auction and exhibition of artwork from Burning Man, the annual gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
The charity auction, which runs online through October 8, is aimed at helping participating artists as well as the Burning Man Project nonprofit, which has been forced to cancel its in-person events since 2019.
“Two years of not having our event has had a substantial financial impact,” Kim Cook, Burning Man Project’s director of creative initiatives, told Artnet News. “We have placed an emphasis on staff and knowledge retention—we have very seasoned people who build the city every year, so we’ve focused on not losing that very special set of skills and expertise.”
The organization is hoping the auction proceeds will get them through to January, when tickets go on sale for the 2022 event, reports.
The Sotheby’s auction features over 100 eclectic works by artists both in and outside the Burning Man community. the art objects and experiences will be available for bidding through October 8th, with bids so far-reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars. the group notes that the auction will be held in alignment with burning man’s commitment to radical inclusion, diversity, and equity — the organization is fostering new relationships by inviting work by black, indigenous, and persons of color (BIPOC) artists.
Highlights include some of the massive art floats and vehicles for which Burning Man is known, such as Rocket Car by David Best, one of Burning Man’s most dedicated artists. The converted 1973 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, which measures 40 feet long and can seat up to 16 people, is expected to sell for up to $50,000.
Learn more about the auction here.