Sempervirens Fund has contracted with Christie’s Auction House in New York to liquidate a copy of Ansel Adams’ Portfolio IV to support the Castle Rock construction project.

The auction is Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 a.m. Pacific time. You can watch the auction live online or bid online, but you must register as a bidder to do either. If you want to watch or bid you can register at by clicking the red “sign in to bid” button.

Ansel Adams created Portfolio IV, “What Majestic Word” to raise funds for conservationists Dorothy and Russell Varian’s dream of preserving what is now Castle Rock State Park. Their dream became a reality in 1959 with the aid of Sempervirens Fund. Varian Associates gifted the portfolio, containing 15 silver gelatin prints each signed by Ansel Adams, to Sempervirens Fund to raise funds for acquisition and preservation of redwood lands in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

If you know anyone who is an art collector and might be interested in bidding on the portfolio, please share the auction information with them. Christie’s predicts the final sale price for the collection will be between $50,000 and $70,000. Please be aware that the successful bidder does not receive a tax deduction for the purchase.

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