UnBeige reports that big time art collectors auctioned themselves off to newbie art collectors last week at the Scope Hampton art fair. It’s a fun way to raise money for charity, but I also think that more experienced art collectors ought to be more proactive in general about mentoring less experienced collectors beyond donating their time to a charitable auction.

Art Collectors to Auction Themselves

Concerned about the fate of the art market? What about the art collectors market? We’ll be better able to assess the latter after tomorrow evening, when the SCOPE Hamptons art fair kicks off with an auction not of paintings or prints but of art collectors themselves. The first ever “Collector Mentorship Auction” will put up for bid an hour of art mentorship from seasoned collectors, including Beth Rudin DeWoody, Melva Bucksbaum, Adam Lindemann, and Bob Colacello. All of the collectors are donating their time to mentor less experienced art enthusiasts, and the proceeds will benefit the two projects currently backed by the SCOPE Foundation: The Girl Project and The Arctic Circle Project.