A Sneak Peek at the 2012 Summer Gala Live Auction Items
If you would like to make a bid on any of the items shown below and can’t be at the party, contact Robert Oakes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance bidding closes Friday, August 10, 2012 at 4pm.
Progressive Dinner Party on Monterey’s Hills
For up to Eight Guests
Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the historic rooms of the Bidwell House Museum. Main course dinner, with a spectacular view of the southern Berkshires, will be at the Jackson home on Mount Hunger Road. Crown the evening with delicious desserts at a special home to be determined. To be used at a mutually agreed upon date. Must be arranged by September 30, 2012. Value: Priceless $$$$
Antique Stoneware Jug
Dated ca. 1860s to 1870s, salt glaze with cobalt-blue décor on the face, depicting a pheasant on a branch. There are two furnace pot chips on the back. Purchased in Utica, NY. Donated by Charlie and Joy Flint of Charles L. Flint Antiques of Lenox, MA. Value: $1,500
Fabulous Authors’ Dinner for Four
At Old Inn on the Green
Two lucky couples will join Pulitzer Prize winner Teresa Carpenter and Wired Magazine Senior Editor Steven Levy at Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough for a wonderful dinner of conversation and chef Peter Platt’s delectable cuisine. Steven’s most recent book is In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes our Lives. Teresa is the editor of the acclaimed New York Diaries 1609-2009. Signed copies of their recent books are included. An evening not to be missed !!! Donated by Teresa Carpenter, Steven Levy, The Old Inn on the Green and Kathryn and Marc Roberts. To be used at a mutually agreed upon date. Value: Priceless $$$$
Painting by Marilyn Kalish
Marilyn Kalish is a Great Barrington artist with a national and international following. Her work can be found in over 100 private collections. Her work was the most sought after in last year’s auction! Donated by the artist. Value: $2,500
Behind the Scenes Christie’s Auction Tour
And Lunch with VP
A pre-sale tour for two of Christie’s 19th Century European Art sale on Friday, October 26th with James Hastie, Vice-President, Head of 19th Century European Art, followed by a behind the scenes look at the process of cataloguing paintings for sale. Then the lucky winner will be treated to lunch with James at Brasserie Ruhlmann, Rockefeller Center, to discuss collecting, the art market, and amusing auctioneering anecdotes. Donated by James Hastie and Christie’s. Value: Priceless $$$$
Portrait of Alexander Hamilton
(1755/57-1804), U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, by Horace Robbins Burdick, American, born 1844 in East Killingly, CT, died Malden MA,1942. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches, framed. Signed in the lower left corner “H.R. Burdick after Trumbull, 1927.”
Alexander Hamilton entered the Continental Army in New York in 1776 as captain of Artillery; appointed aide-de-camp to General Washington March 1, 1777, and served in that capacity until February 16, 1781; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782, 1783, and 1788; member of the Annapolis Convention of 1786; served in the New York State assembly in 1787; member of the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 which adopted the Constitution of the United States; member of the State ratification convention in 1788; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in New York City; Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President George Washington 1789-1795; returned to New York and resumed the practice of law; mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr at Weehawken on the Hudson, and died in New York City the following day, July 12, 1804; interment in Trinity Churchyard.
Horace Robbins Burdick is a well-known portrait and landscape painter educated at Union Hall School in Providence, The Lowell Institute in Boston, and the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. Value: $6,000 – 10,000
The stone is gem-quality Tahitian mother of pearl surrounded by almost a full carat of black diamonds set in 14k gold on a 14k gold 16″ chain.