Auction items including memorabilia signed by Cate Blanchett are now open for pre-bidding.
Auction items including memorabilia signed by Cate Blanchett are now open for pre-bidding.
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Pre-bidding opens today on many of the auction items available at the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Pre-bidding on silent and live auction lots will continue through September 22. Then, on September 24 at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, silent auction lots will open every half hour beginning at 10am for in-person bidding; the live auction begins at 5pm. Jen Cody and Michael Goddard will join forces once again to cohost the silent auction.

The Grand Auction will offer exclusive Broadway experiences including walk-on roles in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Wicked, and more; backstage visits at Aladdin, Anastasia, The Book of Mormon, Come From Away, and Hello, Dolly!; sketches hand-drawn onstage and signed by Jake Gyllenhaal during this year's revival of Sunday in the Park With George; show memorabilia autographed by Cate Blanchett, Christian Borle, Glenn Close, Kristin Chenoweth, and others, plus much more.

More than 50 tables full of Broadway memorabilia will line West 44th and West 45th Streets between Broadway and Eighth Avenue at this year's Flea Market. The Autograph Table and Photo Booth, based on the deck of Junior's at Shubert Alley, will be hosted by Ben Cameron. Broadway and TV veteran Bryan Batt and Nick Nicholson will return as host and auctioneer of the live auction. As always, the event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.