Help the environment, play golf with Bill Clinton!

NEW YORK (AFP) – Christie’s on Thursday is set to auction a series of “experiences” that include a round of golf with ex-US president Bill Clinton in a special fundraiser for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Items up for auction include a five-night getaway in Bali; two tickets to the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscars After Party, where the winners can hobnob with the A-list Hollywood glitterati; a photographic safari to Botswana for six with National Geographic magazine chief editor Chris Johns; and a chance to “Put Your Baby in the Next BABY GAP ad,” Christie’s said in a statement.

The auction features “once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences and exclusive merchandise” that will raise funds “for four leading environmental not-for-profits,” Christie’s said.

Celebrities, including actresses Salma Hayek and Brooke Shields, Queen Noor of Jordan, and former tennis great John McEnroe, will be present at the auction.

Of the 21 items and “experiences” up for auction, six — including golf with Clinton, with an estimated price of 100,000 — have already received early bids.

The money raised will benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Conservation International and Central Park Conservancy environmental groups, Christie’s said.

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