Everyone who's anyone was at the MCA Saturday

The museum's annual auction event raised a record $6 million and brought out Ken Griffin, Desiree Rogers, Penny Pritzker, Arne Duncan and more philanthropists, artists and luminaries.

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Desiree Rogers swooped up the Museum of Contemporary Art's staircase wearing a dramatic leopard-print cape dress and matching heels. Auction house owner Richard Wright and former Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan mingled over cocktails with guests including Leslie Bluhm, real estate and casino magnate Neil Bluhm; artist Nick Cave, collectors and MCA trustees Sandra and Jack Guthman; philanthropists Caryn and King Harris; Joffrey Board Chair Anne Kaplan, Sondra and Tony Karman (Art Expo), Liz Lefkofsky and her husband, Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, investor and restaurant magnate Larry Levy, Desiree Rogers (who just bought Fashion Fair), former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker79彩票注册网址 and her husband, Bryan Traubert; investment banker Michael Sacks; and former U.S. ambassador to the U.K. Louis Susman and his wife, Marjorie.

79彩票注册网址The MCA raised a record-breaking $6 million at its annual Benefit Art Auction Nov. 16. It was both a record for the MCA and a record for museums in the Midwest, said Gary Metzner, senior vice president of Sotheby’s, which sponsored the auction. The highest-winning bid of the night was $1.15 million for a 2018 painting “Untitled,” by American artist Richard Prince.

The auction is co-chaired by Cari B. Sacks, MCA board member and wife of Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, and Citadel's Kenneth C. Griffin, Illinois' wealthiest denizen. It features both silent and live auction artworks displayed in the museum's galleries, nearly 100 artworks curated by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling.

Some 400 people attended the event, paying $500 a ticket. Proceeds from the auction support the MCA’s exhibitions and programming.

“The extraordinary generosity that takes place at each of our storied auctions is an essential part of realizing the MCA’s ardent commitment to creating exhibitions and programs that champion revelatory art and spark civic transformation," said MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn in a statement.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected. Leslie Bluhm is not married to Neil Bluhm.

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Art dealer Larry Gogosian (left) and Ken Griffin


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From left: Anne Kaplan, Cari Sacks, Dia Weil, Madeleine Grynsztejn

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Madeleine Grynsztejn (left) and Penny Pritzker

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From left: Madeleine Grynsztejn, Michael O'Grady and Cari Sacks

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Nick Cave and Desiree Rogers

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