Banksy Bought at Bev Hills Benefit
Los Angeles -- Sean Penn's 'Help Haiti' gala, which took place last night at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, saw Coldplay's Chris Martin spend $650,000 on a painting of a heart shaped ballon, by the British street artist Banksy.
Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network always see very active bidding for Banksy's artworks.
The Coldplay singer and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow were amongst celebrities who attended this star-packed evening. Chris Martin left the gala with the 39 x 48' wood panel.
The Heart Balloon is a variation of the New York street piece which appeared last October during Banksy's month long residency "Better Out Than In".
The Coldplay star, 36, and his 'blonde actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow, 41, was seen using his bidding paddle for the work of art bidding against E! chat show host Chelsea Handler.
Martin put in the final bid a record price for a Banksy work of this type.
Since the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, J/P HRO has been on the ground, working with some of the most vulnerable populations to not only recover from the earthquake but to build a brighter future for themselves, their families and their country.
The mission at J/P Haitian Relief Organization is to save lives and bring sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.
The non-profit organization was founded by the American actor Sean Penn in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. J/P stands for Jenkins-Penn, a reference to Sanela Diana Jenkins, whose foundation supported initial relief efforts, with Sean Penn.
J/P HRO manages Pétion-Ville Camp, a tent city build on a golf course. Immediately after the January 2010 disaster it became a temporary home to nearly 60,000 people.
Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of J/P HRO-managed camps and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to sustainable and thriving communities.
Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of the Pétionville and Cité Maxo camps, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families.
J/P HRO employs nearly 350 people, 95 percent of which are Haitian, to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.
Today, more than 80 percent have returned to homes and 8,000 displaced people remain. J/P HRO has committed to assist these families as they transition from camp life to safe communities.
Here is a link to this relief organization. http://jphro.org