Max’s Kansas City 50th Anniversary Benefit Auction

Event details

  • Friday | September 9, 2016
  • 8:00 am
  • Online Auction


GET MAXED-OUT! 100+ Seminal Works to Benefit The Max’s Kansas City Project

GET MAXED-OUT! 100+ Seminal Works to Benefit The Max's Kansas City Project

Grace Jones, 1978 by Rose Hartman B&W Photo
USA: The online auction house Paddle8 is proud to partner with the legendary Max’s Kansas City on their 50th Anniversary Benefit Auction. Proceeds will benefit Max’s charitable arm entitled The Max’s Kansas City Project. The nonprofit was established in memory of the late Mickey Ruskin, the creator of Max’s, and a huge patron of the arts. The charity has acted as a safety net for more than a decade serving individuals in the arts in need by providing one time grants of emergency relief for housing, medical, and legal aid.
Do not miss this legendary auction which opens today, Wednesday, September 7th, 2015 at Noon EST and runs through 21 September. Visit Paddle8 to place your bid.
Max’s 50th Anniversary benefit auction highlights contains more than 100+ works by renowned artists including Lawrence Weiner, Larry Poons, John Waters, Francine Tint, Richie Havens, Colette, William Wegman, John Varvatos, Larry Bell, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Thomas, Bob Gruen, Ronnie Landfield, Dan Christensen, Richard Boch, Gary Kanner, Ruby Lynn Reyner, Marcia Resnick, Timothy Kurtis, Roberta Bayley, Rose Hartman, Richard Aaron, Eileen Polk, Lily Hou, Dustin Pittman, Celebrity Chef Johnny Ciao, Bobby Grossman, Catherine Hazzard, Ricky Burrows, Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen, Anton Perich, Paul Zone, Jayne County, Elliott Landy, a banner from MTV Aerosmith icon signed by the band, Kate Pierson’s outfit from the B52’s Orgasmic Tour, the Max’s banner from the tv series “Life On Mars” signed by the cast, a dress prototype designed by Tiger Morse, the high priestess of fashion, Joe Jackson’s electric piano and sax used on several of his tours and so much more. Visit Paddle8 to bid
MEDIA Interested media who wish to schedule an interview with Max’s Kansas City Project Founder Yvonne R. Sewall please contact WORKHOUSE, CEO Adam Nelson via or by telephone +1 212. 645. 8006
Max’s Kansas City is one of those unique places that defined an era. “It was the exact spot where Pop Art and Pop Life came together in the 60’s,” stated Andy Warhol and the center of the universe in the late 60’s and 70’s for all segments of the arts, a home away from home for Everybody who was Anybody, from Warhol and his Superstars to William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Abbie Hoffman, Truman Capote, Betsey Johnson and Robert Rauschenberg to name a few, and the launching site for emerging bands like the Velvet Underground after which pop culture would never be the same again. To commemorate Max’s 50th Anniversary, The Max’s Kansas City Project, established in 2001 by Yvonne R. Sewall, The Max’s Project embraces Mickey Ruskin’s (the creator of Max’s Kansas City and a staunch supporter of the arts) philosophy of helping artists in need by providing emergency relief and resources for individuals in the arts in crisis, and has in development FEARLESS YOUTH, a teen empowerment through the arts program featuring and interactive virtual club dedicated to supporting teens in developing their uniqueness through the creative arts with a focus on substance abuse and suicide prevention. Some of the collection can be viewed in the gallery on our website:
This image shows Holly Woodlawn holding a bottle of Thunderbird during a performance at Fez at Time Cafe in New York City, August 15, 2004.
Bruce Springsteen at MKC, 1973 by Lily Hou. This photo of Bruce taken upstairs at Max’s Kansas City backstage has never been published except in High On Rebellion Inside the Underground at Max’s Kansas City by Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin published in 1998.
This dungaree jacket was worn by Robert Gordon for the album photo for Max’s Kansas City in 1976.
Suicide, 1977 CBGB by David Godlis C-Print
This guitar is signed by Tommy Ramone, Kate Pierson, Al Kooper, Dion, Steve Conte, Paul Barrere, and Ritchie Hayward.
Lou Reed by Bobby Grossman Gelatin Silver Print
Records (from the Story of My Life series), 2005 by Colette. Oil and paper collage on paper
Iggy Pop, Max’s Era, 1969 by Dustin Pittman B&W print
This lot presents three flyers from performances by Wayne-Jayne County, a drawing on paper, and an artwork on drawing paper.
Founded in 2011, Paddle8 is a leading online marketplace for art and luxury collectibles. Combining the taste and trust of a traditional auction house with the efficiency and global reach of online technology, we offer both veteran and novice collectors a seamless experience for discovering, selling, and purchasing works of art. We are proud to partner with over 300 nonprofit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions to a global community of collectors, helping each organization expand its reach and increase its fundraising results. In May 2016, Paddle8 joined forces with Auctionata, the global livestream auction leader, further strengthening our position as the destination of choice for the 21st century collector. With a combined global community of 800,000, the joint company is one of the top 10 auction houses worldwide, outside of China. To learn more, please visit

Adam Nelson | CEO
+1 212. 645. 8006
W O R K H O U S E ( is one of the country’s leading public relations and integrated creative agencies. For seven consecutive years, Workhouse has received the “Best of Manhattan Award” by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). In 2012, Workhouse swept three of the industry’s highest honors when it was bestowed with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award, the PR News’ Platinum PR “Wow Award” and the Bulldog Reporter Silver Medal Award. The agency was also named as a PR Daily/ Dow Jones Finalist for “Grand Prize: PR Campaign of the Year “. In 2014, Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson was inducted into the New York City “Business Hall of Fame”. Celebrating a decade of service, Workhouse is a full-service creative agency headquartered in New York City. We specialize in integrated marketing positioning emerging and established brands with celebrity craftsmanship. Workhouse provides full-service public relations, social media, brand promotion, creative consulting, not to mention, modern day marketing & branding. Clients have included Lou Reed, The Rolling Stone’s Ronnie Wood, Debbie Harry, Francis Ford Coppola, David LaChapelle, CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, Interview Magazine, Details Magazine, Galleries Lafayette, Ford Motor Company, Virgin, Assouline Editions, Rizzoli International Publications, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Genesis Publications, Karmaloop, Coty, Versace, and Cynthia Rowley, offering award-winning campaigns across a broad spectrum of luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands. Visit