Drawn to the Cause
At a Charity Auction, One Person's Doodle Is Another's Daily Bread
Alec Baldwin sketched a flower with petals labeled "me," "Kim" (Basinger, his wife) and (baby daughter) "Ireland." Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain boldly inked his old number, 13. Clint Eastwood drew a golf ball in flight—would a hole-in-one make his day? The dreams, obsessions and sometimes surprising artistic talents of 270 celebrities went on display Oct. 25 in Miami Beach, when the seventh annual auction of famous people's doodles raised $22,000 in bids and donations to feed the poor. Sponsored by Florida's Daily Bread Food Bank, the doodle auction has earned more than $172,000 since 1991. These Warhol wannabes don't exactly need an extra 15 minutes of fame: Doodlers such as Steve Martin and Barbra Streisand get to help the hungry with a few flicks of a Bic. But Ezra Krieg, associate director of the food bank, says many celebs obsess like Rembrandt over their masterpieces: "They want it to be their best and to bring a good price." This year, John Gotti's carefully rendered doodle of a lion sold for a record $2,500—of course, unlike some celebs, the imprisoned mobster has plenty of time to practice.