What happens when you mix a roomful of art collectors, celebrities and emerging artists? Call it a potent mix of New York’s art, fashion and finance worlds which adds up to over $900,000 raised to benefit the arts.

The New York Academy’s “Take Home A Nude” auction, now in its 27th year, takes place each year at Sotheby’s, and raises money for student scholarships and programming at the Academy. A silent and live auction featured works from Herb Ritts, Jan Frank, Judy Chicago, David Lynch and others. Attendees included Brooke Shields, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Eileen Guggenheim and artist Mickalene Thomas.

Champagne Bollinger was one of the event sponsors, serving up 18 cases of its Special Cuvee. Read more