Art buyers pumped close to $36,000 into the Lawrence Arts Center operating fund on Saturday during the center's annual fund-raising auction.
Patrons paid about $33,000 for 150 pieces by 130 area artists, said Ann Evans, executive director of the center. Another $3,000 came from ticket sales.
``It was wonderful,'' Evans said, estimating the crowd at more than 300. ``The performance hall was as full as it can possibly be, and the lobby was packed for most of the evening.''
Elizabeth ``Grandma'' Layton's drawing ``Independence Days'' fetched $2,750 on the auction block, the highest bid of the evening. Works by Raymond Eastwood, Chris Edmonds and Chris Musgrave each brought in between $900 and $1,000.
``We also had bunches of pieces that went higher than their listed gallery price,'' Evans said.
For example, an oil on paper piece by Robert Sudlow was listed at $600 but sold for $775.