Cirque du Soleil’s Charity Auction Featured Lots from McLaren and Audemars Piguet
At the seventh annual philanthropic event One Night for One Drop, imagined by Cirque du Soleil at the O Theatre at the Bellagio Resort & Casino, a live charity auction raised over a million dollars.
Benefiting One Drop, an international nonprofit created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté that is focused on water initiatives, the auction featured a number of extravagant lots like a specially designed McLaren 570S Spider in Muriwai White. The one-of-a-kind automobile sold for $310,000. Audemars Piguet, a committed supporter of the One Drop Foundation for the past ten years, created a dedicated Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph specifically for the event that raised $220,000.
The other four auction lots offered exceptional travel experiences, including a voyage aboard The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on the planet, which raised $28,000; a secluded Saint-Tropez getaway in a private château that raised $60,000; a private jet to Turks and Caicos and villa at COMO Parrot Cay that raised $80,00,0; and a Serengeti safari-living experience in Tanzania and Male Cheetah bronze sculpture by artist Richard MacDonald that raised $100,000.
All proceeds from these auction items will directly support One Drop’s safe-water-access initiatives around the world and educational efforts throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
The evening’s March 8 performance, One Night for One Drop, cowritten and directed by André Kasten and Leah Moyer, welcomed Academy Award–winning composer Hans Zimmer and celebrated Strip headliner Blue Man Group, choreographers Andrew Winghart and Alexander Ekman, and world-renowned creatives Keone and Mari, all of whom orchestrated breathtaking pieces that echoed the themes of human connection, friendship, nature, love, and loss.
The Cirque du Soleil show will be broadcast for the first time this Saturday, March 16, on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.