Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 | 2 a.m.
A total of 130 live and silent auction items and packages will be offered to the 1,800 guests expected to attend Saturday night’s Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala celebrating Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday. Here's a look at some of the more dazzling packages and items up for bid at the event, which will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center:
Muhammad Ali boxing gloves
The gloves Ali wore in defeating Floyd Patterson in 1965 at the Las Vegas Convention Center have already drawn a hefty bid — $200,000. Organizers are still putting the gloves up for the live auction. The fight was Ali’s second defense of his heavyweight title. It was stopped at the end of the 12th round, with Patterson having been knocked down and thoroughly dominated.
Star chefs in your kitchen
Four chefs taking part in Saturday night’s dinner are offering to feed a party of 20. Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Tom Colicchio and Scott Conant have committed to serving a once-in-a-lifetime meal, provided the package is redeemed in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles area or New York City. The top bidder has until Feb. 1, 2014 to line up the stars.
Disappear to an island getaway
As part of the live auction, master illusionist and regular MGM Grand Hollywood Theatre headliner David Copperfield is offering a vacation to his 11 islands of Musha Cay and Copperfield Bay in the Southern Bahamas. It is among the most exclusive resort outposts on the planet, reserved for such guests as members of various royal families and the occasional billionaire. Personal watercraft, 40 private beaches, a freshwater pool and a staff of 35 are offered at Copperfield’s famed oasis. Copperfield will host a three-night stay for a quartet of lucky, monied folks, and all culinary delights can be flown to the islands.
Lessons in love — and hitting a sweet forehand
Las Vegas’ resident Grand Slam-champion tennis legends are offering a tennis lesson for the highest bidder of their services in the live auction. Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf are offering such a lesson, an event captured with a photo session of the stars with the winner of the package.
Groovin' with SBE
Dubbed "Ultimate SBE, Los Angeles," the company headed by Sam Nazarian that owns the new Hyde Bellagio nightclub and the temporarily closed Sahara is offering a three-night stay at Redbury at Hollywood and Vine, a pair of VIP passes to the Colony, Greystone Manor and Hyde Street nightspots, dinner for two at the Bazaar by Jose Andres, dinner for two at Katsuya, two treatments at Clef Spa at SLS and a full day of cabana use at Altitude at SLS Hotel. This package is part of the silent auction.
Four on the floor for Madonna
Madonna will perform at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 12, and as part of the silent auction a block of four tickets in the first four rows is being offered. These seats are not available to the general public. The production is Madonna’s first Las Vegas concert in nearly three years.