SOURCE: 'Stars For A Cause'

August 20, 2007 15:07 ET

"Stars For A Cause" Celebrity Pop Art Charity Auction Is Now Online and Open for Bidding

One-of-a-Kind Portraits by Nicolosi Feature Hollywood's Brightest Stars

HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - They are collectible works of art, they've been autographed backstage at Hollywood's biggest award shows, they've crossed the Atlantic on Cunard's luxury liner Queen Mary 2 and have appeared at special exhibitions in London, at the Cannes Film Festival and The Hollywood Museum. Now the virtual gallery presenting all 60 "Stars For A Cause" portraits is online for fans and collectors to view and post bids at Julien's Auctions (www.juliensauctions.com).

Created by acclaimed pop-artist Nicolosi, celebrities began autographing their portraits during interviews with "Entertainment Tonight" at "The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards" and "The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards." The collection of superstar portraits includes; Beyoncé, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Craig, Penélope Cruz, Patrick Dempsey, Leonardo DiCaprio, America Ferrera, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen, Meryl Streep, Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker among others.

"We are delighted to have the expertise of Julien's Auctions supporting the campaign knowing it is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative auction companies in the business," said George Braunstein, co-founder of "Stars For A Cause."

"We are thrilled to be part of the team further introducing 'Stars For A Cause' and the highly collectible pop-art of Nicolosi to the world," said Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions.

Online bids are now being accepted and will continue through the live auction event scheduled for September 27 at The Hollywood Museum located in the historic Max Factor Building (www.thehollywoodmuseum.com). Visit www.juliensauctions.com for more details and how to qualify for bidding at the live event.

"Stars For A Cause" is presented by "Entertainment Tonight," the #1 syndicated entertainment news show and sponsored by Cunard Line, the most iconic British ocean liner company in the world. The beneficiaries of the auction include The Prince's Trust (www.princes-trust.org.uk) and The Hollywood Museum. The Prince's Trust was set up by HRH The Prince of Wales to help disadvantaged young people in the UK. The Hollywood Museum is dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of the Entertainment Industry and its worldwide effect on culture.

"We are always eager to support the charitable as well as professional endeavors of celebrities, so we readily embraced the opportunity to get involved with 'Stars For A Cause,'" says Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider." "Nicolosi is one of America's most acclaimed pop artists, and he is the ideal choice to create paintings benefiting charities endorsed by the entertainment industry."

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