Enron Furniture Auction to Benefit Animal Charity

All proceeds from sales will go to pet spay, neuter and adoption programs.

Posted: March 21, 2007, 5 a.m EST

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During its last days in existence, Enron became symbolic of corporate greed and corruption. But now, office furniture used by some of the company’s key figures is being used to raise money for animal protection.

The executive desk used by former Enron founder, chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay and the executive desk used by Richard Kinder and Jeffrey Skilling during the time they served as Enron presidents are being auctioned off by nonprofit animal protection group Saving Animals.

The custom furnishings were donated to Saving Animals, the group says, because of its commitment to addressing the problem of pet overpopulation by providing sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats, preventing homeless animals and promoting pet adoptions.

The charity will auction the items exclusively on e-Bay through March 24, with all proceeds benefiting the group’s spay, neuter and adoption programs.

The unique desks were designed by Gensler Architects and fabricated by custom-fitted architectural furniture manufacturer Brochstein’s. According to Brochstein’s, the desks would cost well into five-figures if manufactured today.

Documents of provenance, which confirm the authenticity of the pieces, will be available for review and the originals will be provided to successful bidders, Saving Animals said.

“It is fitting that something positive will come from the sale of the Enron Building to help the community,” said Sean Hawkins, Saving Animals founder and president.

For more information about the auction, visit e-Bay’s website and enter “Enron” in the search box.

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