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    Monday, April 27th, 2020

    Sotheby’s and Google are coming together virtually to raise much-needed funds for the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) work to help mitigate and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities. An online auction of unique experiences to be enjoyed virtually via Google Meet video calls will run from May 1-8. From intimate conversations and ‘virtual’ drinks to lessons and tutorials all will be offered without reserve. The list of experiences continues to grow, but already includes commitments from leading names in music, film, public affairs, art and design and science.

    There is a chance to record a song with Sting, coffee with Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Shakespearian acting lesson from Sir Patrick Stewart, a conversation with actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, coffee or tea with Madeleine Albright, a conversation about music will all five members of The Strokes, a virtual art work creation with Marc Quinn, a virtual visit to Highclere Castle with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, Downton Abbey writer and creator Julian Fellowes and actors Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern and a conversation with David Miliband, former British Foreign Secretary and current President of the IRC.

    From distributing meals in New York City to translating public health guidance into numerous languages for refugee and migrant communities across Europe, the IRC response is built on years of experience in supporting people affected by conflict, crisis, and disaster in over 40 countries around the globe. Learn more at