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Jennifer Aniston buys $450,000 painting at Haiti benefit auction

September 24, 2011 |  4:58 pm

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Jennifer Aniston and boyfriend Justin Theroux hit up Christie's Artists for Haiti auction in New York on Friday night and they didn’t go home empty-handed. The couple stepped up for the cause and won a spendy painting for a whopping $450,000.

Theroux did the bidding on the 6-foot Glenn Ligon abstract titled “Stranger #44,” while Aniston clapped enthusiastically after the win, reports US magazine. With the painting valued at just $150,000 to $200,000, the purchase was also a hefty donation.

Ben Stiller’s Stiller Foundation, in partnership with Zwirner, organized the fundraiser to help the people of Haiti. Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and others joined Stiller and friends at Almond restaurant for the benefit dinner, raising $14 million for the cause, according to Reuters.

Artists Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns and Chuck Close teamed up for the Artists for Haiti event, many creating pieces specifically for the auction. Marlene Dumas’ “My mother before she became my mother” was the top seller at $2 million.

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Photo: Jennifer Aniston, right, and Susan Sarandon at the Artists for Haiti benefit. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

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