The Broadway Bears XII Auction took place on February 15, 2009. All proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The Spamalot entry was “Sir Robin” signed by Clay Aiken. The winning bid was $16,000 which was the highest bid for this year’s event. Incidentally, last year’s highest bid was $17,000 and also was the “Sir Robin” bear signed by Clay Aiken and David Hyde Pierce.
Daniel Radcliffe’s signed Equus horse went for $10,000 and Wicked’s “Glinda” brought in $7,000. This year’s total was $150,000 which is $20,000 more than last year.
Broadway Bears is an auction featuring a cuddly chorus line of one-of-a-kind teddy bears, each meticulously outfitted in original, handmade costumes by Broadway’s leading costume designers and representing memorable characters from plays and musicals, past and present.
The skill and imagination devoted to the creation of these coveted collectibles has been recognized worldwide, from The Museum of The City of New York – where 10 bear alumni reside as part of the permanent costume collection – to media acclaim as far away as England and Japan. In addition, noted designers such as Bob Mackie have created original bears for these auctions.
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Top ten winning bids for bears were:$16,000 – Sir Robin from Spamalot, designed by JoAnna Cayot and signed by Clay Aiken.$10,000 – Alan Strang with Nugget from Equus, designed by Nicolas Putvinski and signed by Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths and Lorenzo Pisoni.$7,000 – Glinda from Wicked, designed by John Henson and signed by Kristin Chenoweth and Kendra Kassebaum.$5,500 – Growltiger from Cats, designed by Therese Stadelmeier-Tresco and signed by Betty Buckley and Stephen Hanan$4,000 – Billy Elliot(s) from Billy Elliot,designed by Jessica Scoblick and signed by David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik.$4,000 – Tommy Walker from The Who’s Tommy, designed by Andy Wallach and signed by Michael Cerveris.$3,800 – Ashley from Starlight Express, designed by Andy Wallach and signed by Andrea McArdle.$3,700 – Betty Haynes from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, designed by the show’s original designer Carrie Robbins and signed by Kerry O’Malley, Stephen Bogardus, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson.$3,600 – Shrek from Shrek The Musical, designed by Tricorn Inc. & Lynne Mackey Studios and signed by Brian d’Arcy James.$3,400 – Local 1/I.A.T.S.E. Brother Bear designed by Carol A. Ingram.
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