A few hundred of Boise's finest donned their fancy flannel shirts and gathered at the Idaho State Historical Museum Oct. 17. But not for a pilgrimage to gaze at the two-headed calf.
It was for Boise Weekly's 11th Annual Cover Auction, the shindig of shindigs.
The paper's original cover artwork from the last year was all on sale to the highest bidder, with the money going to benefit BW's Cover Auction Grants. The evening netted $22,060, the most money raised at a Cover Auction to date. All told, the program has raised a total of more than $125,000 for local arts grants.
This year's event partner was Idaho Shakespeare Festival, which received 20 percent of the funds raised, totaling $4,400.
"There's nothing better than receiving money in the arts," said ISF Producing Artistic Director Charlie Fee during the event. "If we raise $50,000 tonight, we would get $10,000 of that, which would pay the price of one union actor for next season."
Funds fell a little short of Fee's goal, but netting $22,060 wasn't too shabby, compared to last year's $17,500.
The biggest ticket item of the night was Bill Carman's "To Be a Milker of Giant Bees," which sold for $1,500.
The proud purchaser, Swarnal Borthakur, told BW he came to the auction specifically for that piece.
"It has a lot of things happening for it besides the color palette," he said.
Cover Auction Grant proposals will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, and will be awarded at the end of February 2013.
For a slideshow of the evening, click here.