Silent Auction 2016


“Western Isles” by Dame Judi Dench
A very rare opportunity to acquire a watercolour painting by Dame Judi Dench, which has been especially donated by Judi for this evening’s charity auction. The piece was created earlier this year and features an imaginary scene inspired by Scotland. The painting is signed.
Donated by Dame Judi Dench,
President of The Story of Christmas



“Travesties” with Freddie Fox
2 Tickets to Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties” at the Apollo Theatre, London with Freddie Fox + the opportunity to meet Freddie in his dressing room for drinks after the show (date to be agreed in 2017)
Donated by Freddie Fox



Eynsham Hall
Two nights bed and breakfast plus dinner on one of the nights at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire. Eynsham Hall’s rich, colourful and bohemian past has been reinterpreted as a magnificent country house hotel set in extensive gardens in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.
Donated by Richard & Rosalind Upton



Un Petit Sejour en France 
A long weekend stay (Friday to Monday inclusive) at Villa les Oiseaux in Menton, a short drive from Nice. A two bedroom house with panoramic sea views which sleeps four set in the gardens of Villa Cyrnos, 500 yards from the Mediterranean and in the heart of one of France’s prettiest seaside towns. The accommodation comprises two twin bedrooms, a large bathroom, 2nd WC, sitting room, modern kitchen and swimming pool. Dates to be mutually agreed. This lot is for accommodation only.
Donated by Julian Barwick of u+i



A Round of Golf at Sunningdale
A round of golf for three with Nick Howe at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire. The old course opened in 1901 and was laid out by Willy Park Junior. Virtually every hole is played in splendid and beautiful isolation in harmony with nature. No wonder it is considered the most beloved inland course in the British Isles.
Donated by Nick Howe

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Dinner at Galvin at The Athenaeum
A three-course dinner for two with wine at Galvin at The Athenaeum
Donated by The Athenaeum Hotel



The Magic of Venice
A two-night stay at the five-star Hotel Danieli in Venice (to be taken any time from January to November 2017)
Donated by the Danieli Hotel



A Magnum of Ruinart Champagne personally autographed by  the readers of The Story of Christmas 2016
Donated by The Story of Christmas & LVMH

Lot 7


Tickets to the Football
4 Debenture Seats at Wembley for the EFL Cup Final (formerly known as the League Cup) on 26 February 2017
Donated by SEGRO


LOT 10

Luxury Break in Milan
A two-night weekend stay (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) in luxury accommodation for two people at the five-star Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan, including daily buffet breakfast, a 4-course dinner (with a selection of wines, mineral water and coffee) at their rooftop restaurant “Terrazza Gallia” and a “Deep Tension Relief” spa treatment in a Private SPA Suite at its Shiseido Destination SPA (expiry date: 30 June 2017).
Donated by the Hotel Gallia Milan




LOT 11

East Village
East Village: Enjoy an overnight stay for two in a stunning apartment with panoramic views across the capital at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village on the doorstep of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This prize includes tickets for a trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit and dinner for two at Darkhorse, one of East Village’s celebrated restaurants.
Donated by Delancey


LOT 12

Classic FM with Aled Jones
Private Tour of Classic FM for up to 4 people conducted by Aled Jones
Donated by Aled Jones 


LOT 13

A day’s Fly Fishing on the River Test
A day for two rods fly fishing for trout and the occasional salmon on a private beat of the renowned River Test in Hampshire. Date to be arranged in the 2017 season.
Donated by Bill Siegle


LOT 14

The Katherine Grainger Collection
Autographed framed portrait of Katherine Grainger & signed copy of her autobiography
Donated by Katherine Grainger


LOT 15

Autographed England Cricket Shirt
A signed England cricket shirt donated by Michael Vaughan, previous skipper.
Donated by Tim Robinson

LOT 16

Luxury Break in Warsaw
2 Nights at the five-star Hotel Bristol Warsaw, a buffet breakfast each day in the Marconi Restaurant and use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and gym.
Donated by the Hotel Bristol Warsaw

LOT 17

Champagne Dinner at Home House
A three course dinner for two with champagne in The Restaurant at Home House
Donated by Home House

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LOT 18

An Afternoon at Radley Farm
A visit for all the family to Radley Farm in Berkshire, the home of Trevor & Elizabeth Gore, in March/April 2016 to observe the lambing. Children can bottle-feed the lambs and may well see the birth of newborn lambs. The visit includes a trip to see cows, calves, beagles and other animals and concludes with afternoon tea in the farmhouse with Trevor and Elizabeth.
Donated by Trevor & Elizabeth Gore

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LOT 19

A week on the island of Sark
A one-week stay in Mr Chanterelle in Sark, a three bedroomed cottage accommodating six people with two en-suite bedrooms and a twin bedded room. The cottage is situated a couple of hundred metres from The Avenue, with Shops and Restaurants.
Further information here:
Donated by Rickety Bridge Winery

LOT 20

Jake and Dinos Chapman Etchings
Human Rainbow: From the Blackened Beyond No 10 and 31, from a portfolio of 38 etchings. Printed on 300gsm Somerset Velvet Paper, in an edition of 35. Signed by the artist. Edition number 5.
Donated by Haven House



LOT 21

Trafalgar Night Dinner on HMS President
The opportunity for two people to experience the annual Trafalgar Night Dinner. Join the Commanding Officer and Officers of HMS President, London’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit, as VIP guests on Friday 20 October 2017 for a fantastic silver-service traditional Naval Mess Dinner to commemorate the 212th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. You will be warmly welcomed to the Wardroom by the Mess President and over 100 Officers of the Royal Navy Reserve, plus fellow distinguished VIP guests, for a fun-filled evening of fine dining, live music and sea shanties. Situated on the north shore of the Thames, East of Tower Bridge, the HMS President boasts an unparalleled panoramic river view and the evening is sure to be a memorable and unique experience with a great atmosphere. There will be a champagne reception, followed by a 3-course dinner with a VIP guest speaker. 
Donated by HMS President 

LOT 22

The Splendour of Dubai
Dinner for two at either The Ivy, or Armani Italian, or Armani Indian Restaurant (both in the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world) + a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa.
Donated by Nicholas MacLean & CBRE Middle East 

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LOT 23

The Wonder of the Algarve
Luxury Break in Portugal. Two night’s bed and breakfast for two people at the five-star Pine Cliffs Resort in the Algarve (any time in 2017 except July and August).
Donated by Starwood Hotels 

LOT 24

Private Tour of St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle + Private Organ Recital
A rare opportunity for an evening ‘behind the scenes’ look at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. A private organ recital in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle given by James Vivian, Director of Music, for up to 10 people followed by a personal ‘out of hours’ tour of the Chapel.  This unique prize is subject to the arrangement of a mutually convenient date (evenings only), and security at Windsor Castle, up until 30 November 2017. 
Donated by the Dean & Canons of Windsor


LOT 25

Three Luxury Scented Candles
A luxurious set of three scented candles created by waxsmiths Wick & Tallow, evoking the following sublime fragrances:
Lemongrass & Neroli
Lavender & Ginger
White Fig & Vanilla
Donated by Wick & Tallow


LOT 26

A Country Retreat in Sussex
Two nights bed and breakfast plus dinner on one of the nights at The Bell in Ticehurst. The Bell is a lively and handsome 16th Century coaching inn that also happens to be a charming and idiosyncratic boutique hotel.
Donated by Richard & Rosalind Upton

LOT 27

Diamonds in the Sky by Sage Vaughn
Sage Vaughn began his artistic career writing graffiti on the streets of Los Angeles before moving indoors to develop his unique style with oils and canvas. Diamonds In The Sky, features his unmistakable trademark butterflies, brightly coloured specimens, paint dripping as a luring, fleeting phenomenon in keeping with their nature. From a signed edition of 75 prints.
Donated by Zoe O’Brien



LOT 28

Luxury Break in Vienna
Two night in an Imperial Junior Suite at the five-star Hotel Imperial in Vienna, including a champagne buffet breakfast each day.
Donated by The Hotel Imperial Vienna 

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LOT 29

Fortnum & Mason Hamper
Fortnum & Mason Hamper containing a bottle each of Fortnum’s Claret and Muscadet, a box of Marc de Champagne Truffles, a jar each of vintage marmalade and strawberry preserve, Fortnum’s afternoon blend tea and Costa Rican coffee and a tin of Explorers’ Biscuits.
Donated by CRASH 


LOT 30

A round of golf with Andrew Hynard
A round of golf for 3 at Rye Golf Club, the celebrated East Sussex links course where the President’s Putter is played each January. You will be a guest of Andrew Hynard, and the format will be foursomes in the morning, followed by lunch on a date by mutual agreement.
Donated by Andrew Hynard


LOT 31

Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester
Champagne Afternoon Tea for four in the Promenade at The Dorchester
Donated by The Dorchester


LOT 32

A Private Flight
A private flight for two for around one hour in a light aircraft from London Elstree Aerodrome (route to be agreed with the winning bidder)
Donated by Ian Womack 

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LOT 33

Work Experience at Knight Frank
Two weeks work experience with the world’s leading independent real estate consultancy, Knight Frank LLP. The time will be split between the firm’s global HQ at 55 Baker Street and their city of London office in Basinghall Street. Experience will include working with the capital markets, leasing and asset management teams.
Donated by Knight Frank LLP


LOT 34

Work Experience at Taylor Howes
Learn the ‘in’s and outs’ of interior design with a week’s work experience at the award winning luxury interior design company Taylor Howes Design in Knightsbridge. Work with an award winning interior design team in this internationally acclaimed business. Ranging from private residences and family homes to boutique hotels and luxury show apartments, you will be able to gain invaluable advice from a group of talented and innovative designers. For over 18’s only, dates subject to availability.
Donated by Andrew and Karen Howes 

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LOT 35

Autographed T-shirt by Benedict Cumberbatch
Donated by Benedict Cumberbatch

LOT 36

Sculpture Workshop
A summer sculpture workshop led by Simon Cooley in the glorious Welsh countryside not far from Hay-on-Wye. Established in 2005, their workshops aim to offer a level of tuition in the arts which respects the fundamental skills of looking, seeing and making. The 3-5 day courses in clay, metal and stone have at their roots, skills which are traditional yet always contemporary, and most are suitable for complete beginners.

Donated by Richard & Rosalind Upton

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LOT 37

Planet Property
A signed copy of “Planet Property” by Peter Bill & Lunch at the Reform Club, Pall Mall, with Peter
Donated by Peter Bill

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LOT 38

Brideshead Revisited
A copy of Brideshead Revisited, signed by the Producer, Designer and Nickolas Grace, plus a signed copy of the December Vanity Fair with the controversial Brideshead photo in it!
Donated by Nickolas Grace


LOT 39

Large Christmas door great wreath
Donated by Sweetpea Flowers

LOT 40

A magnificent hamper of Lindt Chocolates
Donated by Lindt


LOT 41

Golf at the Grove Hotel
A four-ball golf match at the Grove Hotel golf course in Hertfordshire including a three course lunch with wine and coffee for four at the Stables restaurant.
Donated by the Grove Hotel


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