Blue Ivy Carter, the 6-year-old eldest child of music star Beyoncé and her husband, rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, charmed the Internet Sunday after videos surfaced of her bidding $17,000 and then $19,000 on a piece of art at a charity auction.
“Blue Ivy and [filmmaker] Tyler Perry going at it over my Sidney [Poitier] piece,” Los Angeles artist Tiffanie Anderson, 29, wrote on Instagram of the bidding over her 7’x5’ acrylic, broken glass and resin painting “Young Sidney.” “What a great night for a great cause!”
In a minute-long video tweeted by “alrhemist” from the annual Wearable Art Gala at the Palm Court Ballroom in Los Angeles, TV personality Star Jones auctions the painting amid audience laughter. The cellphone video, one of many from the event, zooms in on a TV screen onstage showing a happy Blue Ivy sitting between her parents and holding up paddle 2101 to bid. Jay-Z comically pretends to try to wrestle it out of her hand.
“We have 17 with the young lady, with the young lady down front,” Jones, who turns 56 on Saturday, says delightedly. “We got 17,” she adds, laughing. “Anybody wanna do 18? OK . . . 18 on to the left right there. Anybody wanna do 19? … Oh, y’all made me come from behind the podium because Blue was out there bidding. We got 18 over here — you gonna do 19?” she asks the youngster. “Yes!”
Jones goes on to explain, “Let me tell you what’s happening. Her mother and father have been talking about how you gather art and that is a big deal for African-Americans. Listen, you know Miss Tina [Knowles Lawson, Beyoncé’s mother and co-host of the event] told me all this. Why do you think I’m up talking about it? 19! For Ms. Blue. Yes! And she’s like, ‘I like that!’ ” Jones says to more audience laughter.
Perry won the painting for $20,000, Vanity Fair magazine said, adding that Blue Ivy placed the winning $10,000 bid for “Composed,” described by the auction website as a 36”x36” work by Samuel Levi Jones, comprising “deconstructed law books from the state of Indiana and medical book from the state of California.”
Knowles Lawson and her husband, Richard Lawson, created the nonprofit WACO [Where Art Can Occur] Theater Center last year. This was the second annual gala.