Starting Feb. 3, a trove of artwork will be up for grabs at the Laguna Art Museum.
One hundred and eighteen artists — the majority of whom are from California — have donated mostly contemporary pieces, with a few older styles thrown in, for "Art Auction 2014: The Art of the Heist."
Preview week, which allows patrons to review, online or in-person, what's on tap and decide if they'd like to purchase anything, ends with the annual fundraiser Feb. 8.
The event starts at 6 p.m., with the action-packed live auction at 8 p.m. led by Christie's auctioneer Charlie Adamski. Bidding begins at 50% of each item's value.
"The museum is a nonprofit, and we depend on charitable giving to do almost everything we do," said the museum's executive director, Malcolm Warner. "In the case of the auction, we benefit from the generosity of the artists and others who give us the works of art — and from the buyers too. They know that buying something is a win-win for them and us."