Silent Auction 2017

Lot 1

A Box at Ascot Racecourse
A superbly located box for 18 people on the 2nd floor at Ascot Racecourse including 18 entry tickets and 5 parking badges to enjoy the national hunt-racing on Sunday 25 March 2018. Catering is available separately and the box can accommodate 18 people buffet-style or 12 people for a sit-down lunch.
Donated by Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow and Son

Lot 2

Afternoon Tea for 2 at Sketch
The opportunity for two people to enjoy Sketch’s signature experience Afternoon Tea at Sketch on Conduit Street. Service is included. Expires 30 April 2018.
Donated by Place2Be

Lot 3

A luxury shaving kit by Hommage Luxury Collection
An Hommage premium shaving set featuring: a silver-tipped badger brush, magnetised bowl and stand & razor handle (easily connectable to standard men’s razors, such as gillette etc) – all beautifully presented in a high gloss lacquered Italian anigré wooden case.
 Donated by RJ Arkhipov

Lot 4

An Imperial (6 litre bottle) of Chateau La Conseillante 1997 Pomerol
Donated by David McAlpine

Lot 5

Cadogan Gardens & Cadogan Hall
The opportunity for two people to experience opulence and extravagance with an escape at 11 Cadogan Gardens for 2 nights in a Junior Suite including daily full English breakfast + 2 tickets to a performance at Cadogan Hall. Expires 31 August 2018.
Donated by Cadogan


Lot 6

The EG: The Ultimate Package – EG Awards & Double Page Advert
EG is offering a combination of a money-can’t-buy prize and a too-valuable-to-pass-up offer.
The winner of this year’s EG lot will secure for themselves a special EG Awards package. The winner will gain a coveted place on the EG Awards judging panel and an invitation to the top table at the 2018 EG Awards. The judging session takes place at the top of the BT Tower in June with the Awards themselves staged at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 19 September 2018. The prize will entitle the winner to rub shoulder s with some of the industry’s biggest hitters in two of London’s most prestigious venues. The winner’s photo will also grace the pages of EG. As a further enticement, the winner will also be entitled to place a double-page advert in EG in 2018.
Donated by the EG

Lot 7

A Box at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms
12 seats in a Grand Tier Private Box at the Royal Albert Hall for a performance of your choice at BBC Proms Summer 2018. Catering is available but not included. Excludes opening night and last night.
Donated by C Hoare & Co.

Lot 8

James Purdey & Sons: The Ultimate Experience
A very rare opportunity to take a private tour of James Purdey and Sons gun making workshop in Hammersmith and an opportunity to meet with the Chairman of Purdey, Mr James Horne and discuss all things gun! + A Magnificent Hardback copy of the company’s Bicentenary book “James Purdey & Sons: Gun & Rifle Makers: Two Hundred Years of Excellence.”
Donated by J Purdey & Sons

Lot 9

A Mavic Pro Drone
Portable yet powerful, the Mavic Pro is a personal drone, ready to go everywhere. The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to be carried around anywhere – with up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range. It flies at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes. Its active Track, TapFly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless. This magnificent drone comes with a two-year guarantee.
Donated by Anthony and James Braddon

Lot 10

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
2 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Deluxe Room for 2 at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin
Donated by the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin


Lot 11

A Luxury Golfing Break in Provence
Three nights in a deluxe room for 2 people at the luxurious Les Domaines de St Endreol Resort and Hotel, Provence Cote d’Azur, including a continental breakfast each morning in the hotel restaurant, a round of golf for two on one of the days, complimentary access to the swimming pool and spa and one complimentary spa treatment per person.
Donated by Kajima 


Lot 12

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

Lot 13

A private lunch or dinner party for 10 people at Hartnett, Holder & Co.
The opportunity for 10 people to enjoy the sharing and wine pairing menu at the private Kitchen Table at Hartnett, Holder & Co. – Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder’s stylish Italian restaurant at Lime Wood, a boutique country house, set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and just an hour and a half drive from London. Next to Hartnett Holder & Co there’s the working kitchen which has been designed to fit in with Lime Wood’s ‘open house’ approach. So they have put in a large antique and well-worn wooden table with benches on either side, allowing people to enjoy themselves and get the conversation flowing. The menu features locally sourced Italian dishes with a respectful nod to the seasons. This experience should be taken before 12 October 2018.
Donated by Harnett, Holder & Co.


Lot 14

7 Days in Orlando, Florida
Enjoy 7 days during 2018 at Bella Trae, Championsgate, Orlando, Florida, USA
This superb townhouse is located in a gated community and sleeps 6 with 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms and comprises:
1 Superking bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk in dressing room, 1 King size bedroom with walk-in dressing room, 1 twin bedroom and 1 Family bathroom
Living room with Dining area/Sofas and TV (Cable with Netflix)/Breakfast area, Guest Loo/Laundry room/Integral Double garage with electric door, enclosed veranda with sofas and dining table overlooking lake with heated swimming pool/gym at Clubhouse 100 yards away
2 course Championship golf courses across the road at Championsgate Golf Club, 5 minutes from Disney World and 20 minutes from Orlando International airport on I-35 W
Donated by David & Gay Sutton

Lot 15

Lunch for two with Miriam Margoyles at Brasserie Zédel
The opportunity for 2 people to join Miriam Margoyles for lunch at Brasserie Zédel near London’s Piccadilly Circus at a mutually convenient time in January or February 2018.
Donated by Miriam Margoyles

Lot 16

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



Lot 17

Private Tour of Mayfair’s Art Galleries & Lunch for 4 people
An exclusive opportunity for you and 3 guests to attend a private tour of Mayfair’s art galleries and collections to include galleries such as Eskenazi and Marlborough – as well as collections of antique jewellery and ancient Asian art that you will never have known existed in the area! The successful bidder can expect to learn about ancient and contemporary works of art – to include Asian works. Lunch at Park Chinois is included. (Tour date to be arranged in the next 6 months. Lunch venue is subject to dietary requirements of guests and availability. Tour route can be tailored to guests’ interests prior to tour).
Donated by Asian Art London

Lot 18

Champagne Dinner for Two at Home House
The opportunity for two people to enjoy a three-course dinner and a bottle of champagne in the exquisite restaurant at Home House in Portman Square.
Donated by Home House


Lot 19

Two dozen Infini roses in a Diamond cube
These Infini roses have been specially treated and remain fresh and beautiful for around 12 months.
Donated by Infini

Lot 20

The Beaumont Hotel
An overnight stay for two at The Beaumont Hotel including full English breakfast in the Colony Grill Room. The Beaumont Hotel is a grand yet intimate five-star hotel which recaptures the spirit of old-world luxury. Located on a quiet Mayfair square, it was the AA Hotel Of The Year – London 2016/17. Breakfast is in the Colony Grill Room, inspired by the clubby, sophisticated Grill Rooms that first became popular in New York and London in the 1920s; serving classic dishes from both sides of the Atlantic.
Expires 23 October 2018.
Donated by the Beaumont Hotel


Lot 21

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

Lot 22

Four Tickets to the Calcutta Cup
Four tickets to watch the Calcutta Cup Match (Scotland v. England) at Murrayfield on Saturday 24 February 2018 at 4.45pm. (Following Australia’s defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield in November, these tickets are now extremely sought-after!)
Donated by Andrew Braddon

Lot 23

A five-night visit to Rickety Bridge Country House Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
This holistic experience incudes accommodation for two adults in one of the superbly furnished en-suite rooms, a magnum of one of the fine wines in the room upon arrival, breakfast each day – plus a gourmet lunch in Paulina’s Restaurant on one day, and a dinner in one of the superb restaurants in Franschhoek for one of the evenings. On one day a Chef’s Tasting Plate lunch is offered with wine pairing at the Winery Tasting Room, preceded by a Tutored Wine Tasting with one of the Rickety Bridge Winemakers. Altogether this makes a superb gourmet and wine-tasting experience in South Africa! The reservation for this experience must be placed by the end of 2019.
Donated by Rickety Ridge Winery

Lot 24

A one week holiday in a villa at Vale de Milho, Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal
This four-bedroomed villa sleeps up to ten people and all four bedrooms are en-suite. It has a swimming pool and is located on the fully serviced development that includes a nine-hole golf course and is close to the small fishing village of Carvoeiro, only 55km from Faro Airport. The stay may be taken any time between Saturday and Saturday during 2018 or 2019 subject to availability.
Donated by Duncan Spence

Lot 25

Cricket Day hosted by Matchroom Sport Chairman, Barry Hearn at his private estate
Teams of six are invited to bid to play in the annual corporate cricket match hosted by Haven House Patron Barry Hearn. Taking place in East Hanningfield, Essex in summer 2018, the day will include full hospitality, cash bar and the chance to win the Barry Hearn Trophy!
Put up your best cricketers to experience this money-can’t-buy prize.
Date to be confirmed and likely to be July 2018. Transport not included. You must bring your own whites and equipment.
Donated by Haven House

Lot 26

Artwork: “You mean we’re in the future?” by JJ Adams
JJ Adams is a new media and mixed media artist from South West England currently living and working in South London. Featured in Vogue & GQ and having worked alongside clients like Rolls Royce and Bang & Olufsen, JJ Adams is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most talked about and collectible artists. “You mean we’re in the future”? is a very rare giclée print from the launch of his 2015 show. It is silkscreen on 210gsm paper, signed and stamped by the artist. This is a unique original in this colour way. 62.5 x 62.5 cm.
This piece is not transferable and sold as seen.
Donated by Haven House

Lot 27

Wing Walk – Feel the freedom of flying by taking on the exceptional challenge of wing walking!
Experience this intense flying experience at Damyns Hall Aerodrome as you are strapped to the exterior of an aircraft for an intense 10-minute wing walk. Before your flight you will be provided with comprehensive ground and safety briefing and once you are secured within your five point harness you will take off for a ten minute ultimate experience that will include zooms and climbs at speeds up to 130mph. This is definitely one not to be missed!
Terms & Conditions
Wing walks are held between April – December at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster.   Participants must be between the ages of 18-65 to take part in the Wing Walk and the weight restriction is 77Kg (12 stone 2lbs). This weight limit is a hard rule and participants are weighed on arrival. The company reserves the right to cancel or postpone the activity in the event of extremely adverse weather conditions or any other elements which could potentially place staff or participants at risk.
Donated by Haven House

Lot 28

Personal Stylist Shopping Session 
Make your clothing shopping stress free, by having your very own personal stylist; plan your shopping day based on your needs, time and budget all in the comfortable settng of your own personal shopping suite.
– During the shopping day your stylist will:
– Help you understand how to dress to your best
– Encourage experimentation with new styles and new shops
– Help you understand how to put outfits together
– Show you how to buy items that complement your existing wardrobe
– Work within a strict budget (set by you)
– Take the stress and the strain out of shopping
– Make you look and feel fantastic
This is shopping; as you have never done it before, go on … try it!
Donated by Claire Wacey, Personal Stylist

Lot 29

A brand-new Brompton Bike
A Brompton is the perfect folding bicycle for the city. Folding to a practical size it can not only be taken on public transport but also stored easily at home or in the office. Small wheels mean fast acceleration and increased manoeuvrability through busy streets. Each bike is hand brazed, in London, by a skilled craftsman – allowing it to be created uniquely to your specification.
The successful bidder will select a bike from a choice of 6 colours, including helmet and lights. Following production of your bike you will be able to visit your nearest Brompton Junction store for expert advice on how to use the folding mechanism and essential servicing and maintenance advice.
Please note that production will take 6-8 weeks as your bike will be hand brazed to order.
Donated by Depaul UK

Lot 30

A one-night stay at Dorsett City London
One night stay in a Superior Room for either one or two people at Dorsett City Hotel on Aldgate High Street.
The perfect hotel choice for both business and leisure travellers that offers stylish and contemporary accommodation for the most discerning guests to enjoy, relax, party and refresh. This 13-storey hotel with 267 rooms including suites boasts modern architecture and design; alongside two restaurants, 24 hour gym, 4 meeting rooms and a destination rooftop terrace bar with a panoramic view of London’s most iconic skyline. Located in the heart of the City of London’s Financial district and the gateway to East London with the vibrancy of Shoreditch and its array of galleries, boutiques and markets nearby, the hotel is within walking distance to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Leadenhall Market, Tate Modern, Spitalfields Markets, Brick Lane, Borough Market and Columbia Road Flower Market.
(Expires 8 May 2018).
Donated by Dorsett City, London

Lot 31

24ct Maps – London Edition
WillMakeThings is an independent Design Studio based in Brighton, specialising in bespoke creative projects. This is a limited edition giclee Print on 310gsm Hahnemuhle textured fine art stock, depicting a scaled map of London, showing in fine detail the city’s unique plan. This limited edition run of maps are each unique, where authentic 24ct gold leaf is carefully hand applied to each print, highlighting the iconic Thames river which characterises the aerial view of London. A limited-edition print run of 50, each print is signed by the artist and supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
Donated by Zoe O’Brien

Lot 32

A TomTom Set
A complete TomTom Set including a TomTom SatNav GO 60 with 6 inch screen and Lifetime European Maps, a TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch (Suitable for Running, Cycling and Swimming) & a TomTom Bandit GPS Action Camera (with Video, Slow Motion and Time Lapse settings).
Donated by The Children’s Trust

Lot 33

A Cricket Bat, autographed by Phil Tufnell
A kookaburra cricket bat, autographed by Phil Tufnell
Donated by The Children’s Trust

Lot 34

A magnum of the Ruinart signed by all the readers of The Story of Christmas
Donated by The Story of Christmas

Lot 35

A 9-night holiday in the United Arab Emirates
3 nights in the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel Dubai (with breakfast);
4 Nights in a suite at the St Regis in Abu Dhabi (with breakfast at The Terrace);
and a final 2-night weekend stay at the Sheraton Dubai Creek in a Deluxe Room (with breakfast);
A trip to top of the Burj Khalifa;
Dinner at the Versace Hotel (alcohol to be purchased separately if desired);
and afternoon tea at Burj al Arab – for two people to enjoy.
Flights and transfers to be organised separately by the successful bidder.
Donated by all the above Hotels, Nicholas MacLean & CBRE Middle East

Lot 36

A set of three luxury candles by Wick & Tallow
The set includes the following fragrances:
Sandalwood & rose 
Lavender & ginger 
Jasmine & ylang ylang 
Donated by Wick & Tallow


Lot 37

Golf at The Grove Hotel
A round of Golf for 4 at The Grove with lunch for four & a bottle of house wine at The Stables.
Expires 13 December 2018
Donated by The Grove Hotel

Lot 38

Dinner for four at Simpsons in The Strand
A three course a la carte dinner for four guests with wine chosen by the sommelier at Simpson’s in the Strand (excluding grill items)
Expires 1 December 2018
Donated by The Savoy

Lot 39

Record your own track with XLP
London youth charity XLP offer the unique opportunity to record your own track in their superbly equipped mobile recording studio (a recently completed project for the charity, funded by The Story of Christmas). You will attend a half-day session with XLP’s experienced staff who will guide you through the process of recording, editing and producing your own work.
Donated by XLP

Lot 40

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 

Lot 41

A days’ shooting at Radley Farm
This is an opportunity for one gun to enjoy a day’s shooting in very scenic landscapes at Radley Farm in Berkshire, next to Sir Richard Sutton’s Benham Estate. Morning coffee, drinks and a full lunch are included. To be taken in November 2018. The precise date will be set in autumn 2018.
Donated by Trevor & Elizabeth Gore

Lot 42

Classical Scotland: A 4-night Scottish holiday with classical music & a round of golf

A 2-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh with a full Scottish breakfast;
A 2-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews in a Fairmont View Room with a full Scottish breakfast and use of the Signature Spa;
2 top price tickets for the performance of your choice at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall given by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the opportunity to meet the orchestra’s principal cellist Aleksei Kiseliov (described by The Story of Christmas’s Life President Dame Judi Dench as “absolutely sublime”) for a drink after the performance;
and a round of golf at the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry.
Travel and transfers to be organised separately.
Donated by the Sheraton Grand, the Fairmont Hotel, Trump Turnberry, the RSNO and Aleksei Kiseliov

Lot 43

Claridge’s: The Ultimate Experience
A two-night stay for two people in a suite at Claridge’s with full English Breakfast on both days;
Cocktails in the Fumoir Bar;
Dinner in Claridge’s Foyer;
and a signed copy of the recently published Claridge’s Cookbook by Executive Chef Martyn Nail.
Subject to availability. Expires 30th December 2018.
Donated by Claridge’s

Lot 44

Dinner for Two at Mosimann’s Club
Dinner for two with matching wines in the Montblanc private room at Mosimann’s Club
valid to 3 November 2018
Donated by Philipp Mosimann


Lot 45

Collection of autographed books, dvd & photo by Sir Anthony Robinson
An autographed photo of Sir Anthony plus signed copies of:
“Tony Robinson’s Funny Inventions”
“No Cunning Plan” – Tony Robinson’s Autobiography
“Kings & Queens” by Tony Robinson
“Maid Marian & her Merry Man” starring Tony Robinson
Donated by Sir Anthony Robinson

Lot 46

East Village
A night’s stay for up to six people in East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village and a bottle of champagne from East Village’s wine shop, Bottle Apostle. You will spend a memorable night in an 11th floor, three double bedroom apartment with views across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London skyline, courtesy of Delancey and Get Living London.
Donated by Delancey

Lot 47

Golf at Rye in the company of Tim Henman and another well-known sportsman
Two players to play foursomes at Rye Golf Club, one of the country’s finest and most exclusive courses. Following coffee and a bacon roll, you will play in one of two groups which includes Tim or another sportsman, and Andrew Hynard. The eight players come together for drinks and lunch which, together with afternoon golf if you so wish, is included within the day.
Donated by Tim Henman and Andrew Hynard

Lot 48

A signed Andy Murray photograph
A large framed photograph (approx. 46 inches x 33 inches) signed by Andy Murray, of the moment he wins Wimbledon in 2013.
Donated by Hugo Philpott (photographer) and Andrew Hynard

Lot 49

A Champagne Afternoon Tea for 3 at The Dorchester with Dawn French
The opportunity for three guests to join Dawn French at The Dorchester for a Champagne Afternoon Tea. Date to be agreed in 2018 (from late spring onwards)
Donated by Dawn French & The Dorchester 

Lot 50

A Christmas Wreath
Donated by Alison Howard of London Blooms Limited

Lot 51

Work Experience at Knight Frank
A two-week work experience at Knight Frank in the Commercial Division. One week will be spent with Angus Goswell in the city and the second week with the asset management team in the West End.
Donated by Knight Frank

Lot 52

Cricket at the Oval
2 tickets for the England v. India match in the Bedser Stand on Day 3, Sunday 9th September 2018 at the Kia Oval, Kennington, London.
Tickets non saleable or transferable and will be issued 3 weeks prior to the match.
Donated by Alistair Subba Row

Lot 53

A golfing break in Abu Dhabi
A 2-night stay for 2 people in a Deluxe Room at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, inclusive of buffet breakfast at the Fairways restaurant and a round of golf on the Championship Golf Course for 2 people.
Donated by The Westin Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Lot 54

A Magnum of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Donated by LVMH

Lot 55

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 Saturday 20 October 2018 for a fantastic silver-service traditional Naval Mess Dinner to commemorate the 213th 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 56

The Westin Dublin
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for 1 night at The Westin Hotel in Dublin
Donated by The Westin Dublin



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