The best eBay auction items from the Union Solidarity Coalition

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Thanks to a, the online bidding giant is currently the right place on the Internet Benefit created until Trade union solidarity coalitionEstablished earlier this year to support crew members who lost their health insurance during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

The event, with net proceeds benefiting the organization’s Crew Health Fund, features some unique celebrity experiences – Natasha Lyonne helps you solve the New York Times Crossword; Lena Dunham is painting a mural in her home – which has led to many jokes about what fans would do Really shell out. (A fake article pictured on social media cost details about the feud between Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies nearly $10 million — a bargain for any well-heeled “Good Wife” stan.)

And of course, it also stirred envy among those of us at the Times who cover culture and probably can’t justify a $3,250 Zoom in the old expense account. So we decided to live our writing vicariously and chose our most sought-after items from the auction instead.

Celebrity Signed Children’s Book Collection ($420)

A collection of autographed children’s books might seem useless to an adult in her late 20s (who probably can’t afford children in this economy). But my therapist often uses the term “inner child healing,” and I’m sure these books fall under this monthly budget. “24 minutes until bedtime”! Maybe these stories will finally stop my endless doom scrolling on TikTok. Although I secretly wished that the great and beautiful Channing Tatum would read The One and Only Sparkella to me. And that Daniel Kwan and I could take a walk while he reveals the secrets of being anything, anywhere, at the same time. —Helen Li

Signed script from The Flash and metal lunch box for the 100th episode crew only ($620)

“The Flash” was criminally underrated, and I may be one of the few people who watched until the end. The banter, the villain reveal, and the Arrowverse kept the series alive for nine seasons. In the 100th episode, the team led by Grant Gustin took a nostalgic walk through the highlights of the first five seasons – a perfect script for a fan to own and frame. But let’s talk about the lunch box. Illustrated by artist Lord Mesa, it is a distinctive comic depiction of 15 of the series’ most influential characters, centered around Barry/Flash (Gustin), Iris (Candice Patton), Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker). . And only the crew understood? This alone might be worth the asking price of $620, but it wouldn’t be justified since both Barry and I need to consume thousands of calories each day to maintain our strength. At least that’s what I tell myself. —Jevon Phillips

Lunch with Ann Dowd in New York City ($1,125)

“Talent has the right to terminate the experience at any time and for any reason without refund,” reads the disclaimer on the Union Solidarity auction’s $1,125 lunch with Emmy winner Ann Dowd, and for that part alone I would take one Pay Extra: What TV-obsessed gay man hasn’t imagined being verbally eviscerated by Aunt Lydia from “The Handmaid’s Tale” or Patti Levin from “The Leftovers” before she angrily storms out of the room? A close second would be a three-martini gab feast with one of our most convincing actors in a posh New York location where you can see and be seen. I guess I better start saving. The listing does not indicate who will pick up the check. —Matt Brennan

20 questions / 20 minutes Zoom with Sarah Silverman ($1,525)

I would pay $1,500 for 20 questions to Sarah Silverman, but only if she asks the questions and signs an NDA vowing never to say my name in public. (Just look at what she did to poor Joe Franklin in The Aristocrats.) She can ask about anything – my personal life, deepest secrets, darkest fantasies and deepest fears – and she is allowed, even encouraged, to respond to my answers with brutal honesty. Personally, I’m not big on therapy, but that would feel cathartic and cathartic because it would also be a roast. Slander me, Sarah, but only for 20 minutes. —Boris Katschka

“The Bear” apron signed by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and others ($1,525)

I would donate $2,000 for The Bear’s signed apron because I believe that in my own life I embody the spirit of a troubled son who leaves his hometown to pursue a career and escape his even more troubled family . It would be a great conversation starter when I visit my relatives and cook for them. Wearing this apron while I yell at them not to interrupt me in the kitchen would be very healing. —Georgia Geen

Fedora owned and signed by Tom Waits ($2,550)

Does he have a big head? It feels like he has a big head. I I have a big head and I’m not buying this to sit on a shelf like a museum piece. But there’s no hat size listed, so I’ll take a leap of faith. “Worn by Tom Waits”? Judging by the photos, I would say that – and more. What does a Tom Waits hat smell like? Sweat and stale beer? Electricity and inspiration? I guess I’ll find out. First stop after arrival: Norms in West Hollywood. 2am eggs and sausage and a side of toast. This fedora makes it taste at least 10% better. —Glenn Whipp

Adam Scott Walks Your Dog for an Hour in LA ($3,050)

I would take the opportunity to let Adam Scott walk my dog ​​for an hour. He’s one of my favorite actors and is usually on my TV several times a week since I watch Parks and Recreation more often than I’d like to admit. I’m assuming I’ll be able to join the hike too, and if so, I’d have plenty of questions to fill our time. And walking my dog ​​would be easy. He was cremated in March and is housed in a small pine box. We would have the freedom to go anywhere – even to a café. —Mark Potts

Zoom with the Cast of ‘New Girl’ ($3,226)

NYICK! You’re muted.

There are few things that make me groan faster than when a colleague or my mom suggests that I “quickly go on Zoom.” The only bright spot in the Zoom workplace? They pay me to be there (and I don’t have to wear pants). So pay Zooming seems crazy—unless I give up my paycheck for digital Facetime with Jess, Nick, Winston, Schmidt, and Cece. I’ll never be able to drink a pint the griffin while Listen to Mana, but at least I can ask Nick Miller for notes on my zombie novel. As a bonus, I wanted to share my opinion on a few things with some members of the LA City Council, and luckily it looks like this Fawn Moscato She herself will be there too. In the words of Nick Miller, “I am not a successful adult. I don’t eat vegetables and/or take care of myself.” Nor do I lack common sense in not spending at least $5,000 on a video conference with my tribe. Z stands for zombie – and Zoom. —Nicholas Ducassi

Brit Marling’s Wolf Sweatshirt from “The OA” with Personal Letter ($4,000)

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was lonely. I was unemployed except for a few freelance gigs. During the day, I applied for journalism jobs and frantically called or emailed every news organization within 100 miles. In the evenings, when I had few friends in town, I found solace in the world of shows and movies that lit up my dark living room in the Koreatown apartment. Among those that left their mark is the underrated science fiction series “The OA.” Led by Brit Marling’s “Prairie,” the show was full of drama and excitement, but also hope and serious optimism – it was exactly what I needed. “The OA” didn’t deserve its fate and was canceled by Netflix after two seasons. Marling wrote this this wolf hoodie was her way of “sticking to OA.” If I somehow manage to shell out $4,000, maybe it can be mine too. –Jonah Valdez

Watercolor Portrait of Your Dog by John Lithgow ($4,050)

There are few things I love more than my dog ​​Sailor. Is John Lithgow one of them? Insert your own pregnancy break there. Think about the terrible truth. The idea that in a year the revered actor (for me, the immortal part of “Footloose”) would create a private watercolor of my three-year-old Frenchie, a handsome tabby dog ​​with tons of attitude, makes me want to break out mine Checkbook. The current bid is well above my limit. But if money were no object, I would insist on my own term: Lithgow must paint in his role, preferably Dr. Emilio Lizardo from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai in the 8th Dimension. Laugh while you can, monkey boy! —Joshua Rothkopf

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Cast Sings a Song Written Just for You ($5,000)

It’s probably best if I don’t admit how often I hear “Bob’s Burgers” bangers like “Electric love” or “Taffy Butt“repeated in my head. But even more than a man-on-elephant love song or Cyndi Lauper improving on her own classic, Linda’s seemingly improvised Thanksgiving ode “Kill Turkey“is my absolute favorite song from “Bob”. Of course, I would sacrifice more than a month’s salary and whatever I can make from selling my kidneys to have the cast of “Bob’s Burgers” sing a personalized and improvised song just for me. And I would absolutely demand that the song be used everywhere to announce my arrival. —Tracy Brown

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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