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Live and Silent Auction Items

Want to know what you can expect to find up for auction at Empire State of Mind? Preview of some of the great items below and come ready to place your bid on these and many more.

Live Auction

New York’s “The Plaza” Four-Night Stay with Airfare for Two

Enjoy a 4-night stay in a standard room (1 king or 1 queen bed) including daily breakfast for two at the most famous hotel in New York, The Plaza. The package is valid for a full year, but book your trip to catch one of DWDT’s performances at the Joyce Theater on August 8 and 10.

Striking the balance between its storied past and limitless future, The Plaza Hotel in New York – the ultimate luxury lifestyle destination – has emerged from a recent $400 million transformation to reflect a new and contemporary spirit. While traditions still remain, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts decor and the superb ambiance of the legendary Oak Room and Oak Bar, exciting new offerings include the elegant Champagne bar and stylish Rose Club, as well as and interior tranquility garden with reflecting pools, elaborate lighting and exotic foliage.

Hotel amenities include the world-class Shops at The Plaza, featuring exclusive boutiques and purveyors of fine food, as well as health and wellness facilities, including a Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Fitness Center by Radu and Warren Tricomi Salon. A seamless fusion of traditional and modern, and a passion for uncompromising service combine to create an experience that is indulgent, exquisite and truly unforgettable.

The package includes round-trip coach class service for two from any American Airlines destination in the contiguous United States or Canada to New York. Purchaser will be responsible for any airport departure fees taxes, fees or fuel surcharges.

Package must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance.  Reservations are subject to availability and the following blackout dates apply for the airfare: 2013: May 24-27; July 3-7; August 30 – September 2; November 22-27; November 30 – December 2; December 20-23; December 27 – January 2, 2014.

Valued at $8,744. Starting bid: $4,400.

Napa Valley Wine Country Experience

Experience Includes:

  • 5-night stay in a standard guest room at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley with daily continental breakfast for two
  • 6-hour chauffeured limousine service by Beau Wine Tours within Napa and Sonoma Counties
  • 3-hour gourmet dinner for two on the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for two on American Airlines from within the 48 contiguous United States to San Francisco, CA
  • Complimentary Booking

Located at the southern tip of Napa Valley in the Cameros region near where Napa and Sonoma meet,  the Meritage Resort and Spa is situated on an eleven-acre private vineyard and offers an experience like no other for wine enthusiasts. The resort opened an immense cave of 20,000-square-feet in Spring 2007, carved in the hillside under Napa’s famous Grape Crusher statue. The Estate Wine Cave features wine country’s only underground full service Spa Terra and the Trinitas Tasting Room. The Meritage Bar features regional wine selections and signature cocktails in a setting of rich, polished wood and romantic lighting. Provided daily resort fee includes a bottle of wine, bottled water and soft drinks, business center and fitness center, wireless internet, self-parking, shuttle to golf courses and an evening shuttle to downtown Napa.

Package must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Purchaser will be responsible for any airport departure fees taxes, fees or fuel surcharges. Reservations are subject to availability and the following blackout dates apply for the airfare: 2013: July 3-7;  November 22-27; November 30 – December 2; December 20-23, 27-31. 2014: January 1-2; March 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 28-31.

Valued at $6,482. Starting bid: $3,800.

Ten-night Stay for Up to Six at Country Home in St. Sauvant, France

Leave city life behind for a ten-day stay at this charming country house in the village of St. Sauvant, France in the Bordeaux region. The house is nestled in the luxurious rolling hills of the wine country, where sunflowers and mustard also grow in abundance. The original 300-year-old stone construction of the home has been preserved, but the home has been updated to include all modern conveniences.

Three bedrooms, each with a bed equivalent to an American king, and two and a half baths easily accommodate six people. There is a full kitchen to cook up the fabulous produce, meats and cheeses that you will find at the markets around the area. There are wonderful day trips to beaches and other small towns such as Cognac, where you can shop, dine and take a tour of a cognac distillery in the town where it was invented.

Traveling to St. Sauvant is easy, as you can drive from Paris or catch a train or plane from Paris to Bordeaux and rent a car there. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Courtesy of Ms. Lise Liddell.

Valued at $10,000.  Starting bid: $4,000.

Week-long Stay at Casa la Vista in Marathon, Texas

Interior Photos

Three minutes from the heart of Marathon, Texas, there’s a retreat that’s unforgettable. From sunrise to sunset, the landscape is alive with wildlife and a peaceful quiet that will calm your mind and soothe your soul. Walk out onto the covered patio to observe birds, butterflies, geckos, turtles, and frogs in your own private reserve. Unwind to a view that goes on forever.

Big Bend National Park is only 60 miles away. Alpine and Marfa offer shopping, restaurants and friendly folks make your stay at Casa La Vista your west Texas getaway for keeps.

Arrive at Casa La Vista and be impressed by a rustic exterior. Inside, all the comforts of home await you, including:

  • Full kitchen with serving bar
  • Open vaulted living/dining room
  • Fireplace
  • Fabulous views
  • 2 bedrooms with armoirs
  • 1 bath
  • Covered back patio for birdwatching and nature loving
  • Washer and dryer facilities

Valid June 2013 – June 2014. Not available October 2013, November 24-30, 2013, December 20, 2013 – January 2, 2014 or March 2014. Courtesy of Ms. Wilma Schindeler.

Valued at $1,920. Starting bid: $800

Venetia Studium Ltd. Silk Scudo Saraceno Light Blue Fortuny Chandelier


Silk fabric shade. Diameter: 24 1/84 inches. Wattage 1 x 75 W. Voltage 110V 1 x E26 socket. Overall Height: 53 inches. Made in Venice, Italy. Courtesy of Ms. Lise Liddell.

Valued at $2,100. Starting bid: $600

Two Foxes and a Pool, Mary Ann Strandell

Two Foxes and a Pool

2011. Lentricular Print on Sintra. 13.5×16 inches.

Valued at $2,500. Starting bid: $500

Composicion #8, Alfredo ScaroinaComposicion #08

2012. Acrylic, charcoal, black gesso, synthetic polymer, graphite and archival newsprint on paper. 18×24 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Deborah Colton Gallery.

Valued at $2,500. Starting bid: $500

Angelbert Metoyer, Suzanne Paul

Angelbert Meteyer

Archival Photographic Print. 14×16 inches. Courtesy of Deborah and Bill Colton.

Valued at $1,500. Starting bid: $500

Silent Auction

Couple Taking Off, Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Couple Taking Off

2010. Acrylic on canvas. 8×10 inches. Courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery.

Valued at $450. Starting Bid:$125

Woman Painting, Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Woman Painting

2009. Acrylic on Canvas. 9×12 inches. Courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery.

Valued at $450. Starting bid: $125

Untitled #7 from Three Minutes in Mexico, Deborah Trevino Porter

Untitled #7

2012. Framed pigment inks on watercolor paper. 16×16 inches. Edition 1/11. Courtesy of the artist and Deborah Colton Gallery.

Valued at $1,250. Starting bid: $300.

Nardi 18K Gold Venetian Blackamoor Pendant

Othello Front

The “moretto” is an item of jewellery that best encapsulates the classical image of Shakespeare’s Othello and the refined goldsmith’s techniques of 18th-century Venice. Dressed in his characteristic clothes and turban, the blackamoor, or “moretto”, is embellished by the infinite styles and combinations of its creators’ unbridled fantasy and skill.

Depicted as either a token of love or as a caring companion, it possesses the exquisite merits of a beautiful and unmistakable Venetian jewel or those of a precious souvenir that has always been desired and sought-after by royalty, elegant women and famous personages.

18K yellow gold with rhinestones. Signed Nardi. Circa 1950. Courtesy of Dr. Clare Ollayos.

Valued at $1,000. Starting bid: $300

Domenico x 3 from Still Lives of Dance, Gretchen Van Atta Loro

Domenico x3 #2

2013. Colored pencil on board. 28 x 19 inches, matted. Courtesy of the artist. Artist represented by the Nolan-Rankin Art Gallery, Houston.

Valued at $2,500. Starting bid: $500