Don't miss




Cameroon's Constitutional Court rejects last petition for re-run

Read more


Music stars, French art and a dead cat's renaissance

Read more


Khashoggi Affair: Evidence mounts against Saudi Crown Prince

Read more

#TECH 24

Next stop space: Japanese company constructing nanotube 'space lift'

Read more

#THE 51%

The Gender Divide: Record number of women running in U.S. midterms

Read more


Reporters: Brexit, a sea of uncertainty for fishermen

Read more


Fishing in France's Grau du Roi harbour, a family tradition

Read more


French education reforms under tight scrutiny

Read more


FIAC 2018: Paris's one-stop shop for Contemporary Art collectors

Read more


Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is auctioning his friends for the planet

© Loic Venance, AFP | French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes photos with his mobile phone as he arrives on May 22, 2017 for the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes.

Text by Sophie GORMAN

Latest update : 2018-10-14

Time with luminaries is the newest commodity for sale at French auctions. Instead of Old Master paintings and Ming Dynasty porcelain, you can bid for private moments with world-famous footballers, chefs and violinists.

The catalogue for the special auction on Sunday October 14 features many familiar faces. Although you cannot buy French actor Clovis Cornillac, acclaimed architect Renzo Piano or footballer Blaise Matuidi, you could bid for lunch with one of them – or all three.

French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is auctioning off rare private audiences with some of his famous friends to raise funds and awareness for his GoodPlanet foundation. Based at the Domaine de Longchamp, the foundation is “the first place dedicated to the ecology and solidarity”.

Money raised will also contribute to maintaining free public access to the Domaine de Longchamp, where the auction will be take place, with more than 40 ‘moments’ to bid for: a private concert in your own home with internationally renowned violinist Zhang Zhang, an hour of tennis in Roland Garros with Paul Henri-Mathieu, or the very special opportunity to have lunch with Franco-Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and his wife and curator Lelia Wanick.

New phenomenon in France

You can also bid for a day on the set of Dany Boon’s new film, or a dinner in Alain Ducasse's private dining room in the kitchens of Plaza Athénée, or a weekend at Beauval Zoo with private access to the pandas’ quarters.

You can choose between having your portrait taken by distinguished German photographer Peter Lindbergh or by Arthus-Bertrand himself, who is also offering to take you on a boat journey across the Seine with himself as captain.

Auctions of celebrities’ time in aid of charity is a reasonably common phenomenon in America, but a relatively new one in France. This auction will be transmitted live by the respected French auction house, Drouot. A Drouot representative said that this type of auction was most unusual for them to be involved with.

Date created : 2018-10-13


    Rare dinosaur skeleton sells for €2 million at Eiffel Tower auction

    Read more


    Modigliani nude sells for $157.2 million in New York

    Read more

  • ART

    Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for record $450m

    Read more