As part of our annual Gala Dinner celebrations, we have had some incredibly generous auction lots donated, which are now available through our dedicated bidding site.
There are two strands to the auction: a silent auction of 52 lots, which operates entirely online, and a live auction of seven lots, which will happen on the night.
There are a wealth of sought-after items and experiences on our silent auction. These include two VIP tickets for Adele’s sold out concert at the O2, with access to the American Express lounge before and after the show, as well as a Salvador Dalí lithograph.
Our ambassadors have again been particularly generous, giving up their time so lucky winning bidders can have a unique one-on-one experience. This year’s silent auction includes afternoon tea with Sarah Beeny at the ‘Bloomsbury Group’-themed Charlotte Street Hotel, where you can ask Sarah all your property-related questions. On offer is also a personal guided tour for you and three friends with Bill Bryson OBE through the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Bill will share his in-depth knowledge of the gardens and share some anecdotes and stories over tea.
The BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down, filmed at Middleport Pottery earlier this year, is also a key feature. The silent auction includes a personal family tour of Throw Down judge Kate Malone's studios (in either Dalston or Provence), with a limited edition crystalline stoneware acorn bowl for you to keep, and a pottery lesson for up to three children. Throw Down finalist Jim Ransen is offering a workshop, which will include a session on the Japanese Raku technique featured on the show, and finalists Tom Knowles and Sally-Jo Bond are giving a half day children’s pottery workshop. British potter and Throw Down judge Keith Brymer Jones has donated a 29 piece dinner set while Throw Down winner Matthew Wilcock has contributed a large slipware platter.
Bids can be made online here and the auction will be open until 4pm on Wednesday. Bidders can make a maximum closed bid online, after which the bidding will continue at the Gala Dinner.
The separate live auction also includes exciting experiences such as a dinner for six with Gary Kurtz, the producer of the original Star Wars film and The Empire Strikes Back. People interested in the live auction who are not attending the Gala Dinner can make maximum bids by contacting The Prince’s Regeneration Trust on 020 3262 0573.