EXCEPTIONAL AUCTION ITEMS FOR REMOTE OR LIVE BIDDING
ILLUSTRATE YOUR BEAUTY: CUSTOM PORTRAIT SESSION WITH ACCLAIMED ILLUSTRATOR DAVID DOWNTON
One lucky fashion maven can now join the ranks of some of the most beautiful and iconic women in the world as the subject of a David Downton portrait. The winning bidder will sit for a portrait session with the well-known fashion illustrator, whose artwork has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, The Times, The New York Times, VOGUE, and Vanity Fair. His classically elegant yet highly contemporary portraits have recorded the fashion industry’s most iconic faces, including Cate Blanchett, Dita Von Teese, Iman, and Paloma Picasso, in addition to a new posthumous portrait of Madame Ganna Walska, a recent addition to Lotusland’s permanent collection. Note: Portrait session will take place at a mutually agreed upon date in a mutually agreed upon location.
WINE COLLECTOR’S ULTIMATE LUXURY DINNER AND BELMOND RETREAT FOR EIGHT
Join legendary wine aficionado John Tilson, one of the most prominent wine collectors in the nation and editor of The Underground Wine Letter, for an evening of exquisite food paired with extremely rare wines from John’s remarkable collection, hosted at the Tilson estate in the hills of Montecito. A wine collector’s dream, this dinner for eight also includes four rooms for you and your guests to retreat to at the luxurious Belmond El Encanto resort overlooking the Pacific for two nights each. Note: Date to be confirmed within 60 days of the auction and to take place at a mutually agreed upon time within one year of the auction.
EXCLUSIVE NEW YORK ENCOUNTERS TO REMEMBER
Check in for a five-night stay at The Lowell Hotel, just named the number one hotel in New York by Travel and Leisure 2019. Luxuriate in a one-bedroom Deluxe Suite as you experience the best art and architecture New York has to offer. Enjoy a private VIP tour of the September 11 Memorial with famed architect and founder of SNØHETTA, Craig Dykers, followed by lunch at his office. Experience custom-curated, behind-the-scenes art encounters tailored to your interests and complete your trip at one of the most coveted Zen Gardens outside of Japan – a private, never-before-seen masterpiece outside the city – including a Japanese-influenced luncheon with the garden’s owner. Note: Hotel accommodations include breakfast each morning and are not available September through December. Transportation from The Lowell Hotel to the private garden will be provided. All activities must take place on mutually agreed upon dates.
ENCHANTING DINNER EXPERIENCE IN THE NEWLY-RENOVATED JAPANESE GARDEN
Be the first to host guests in Lotusland’s updated Japanese Garden with a bespoke dinner for ten, artfully crafted by Chateau Hanare. Enjoy sunset amongst the cherry blossoms and Japanese maples as you sip on signature cocktails with your guests. Transition to a beautifully appointed table on the Lotus Viewing Deck, provided by Blueprint Studios, for a curated Japanese Omakase dinner with sake pairings. As you leave, you will take with you a very special gift: a pair of late nineteenth century Okimono duck sculptures from the Meiji Era – a precious treasure from the collection of Alexandra and Charles Morse for you to cherish for years to come. Note: Dinner to take place on a mutually agreed upon date within one year of the auction.
FLORAL DREAM MOONSTONE NECKLACE BY IRENE NEUWIRTH
Adorn yourself with a one-of-a-kind signature rainbow moonstone necklace by award-winning jewelry designer to the stars Irene Neuwirth. The 18 karat yellow gold 24 inch necklace, set with 14 mm by 12 mm mixed cabochons and a hanging pendant of 28 mm by 21 mm rose cut rainbow moonstones, creates an awe-inspiring statement and beautifully showcases the gems, which have been coveted throughout history for their healing and balancing powers. Total carats: 333.40.
A MAGICAL WEEKLONG ESCAPE TO AN ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE ESTATE AND GARDEN
Revel in all that the Italian countryside has to offer at Cascaroni, a stunning farmhouse located in Montone, one of Italy’s best-preserved Medieval villages situated near Assisi in the Umbria region, the ancient heart of Italy. Your farmhouse features original elements that date to the twelfth century, as well as four private en suite rooms for your party of eight. Visit with friends or family, relax and read, sunbathe by the pool, or enjoy an al fresco meal in the beautiful Eric Nagelmann-designed garden with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Includes daily housekeeping. Note: A car and driver will be provided for transportation around the Umbria region. Trip dates must be mutually agreed upon between September 2019 and September 2020.
LEGACY OF A LIFETIME: NAMING RIGHTS TO MADAME WALSKA’S MOST SPECIAL LANTERN
Enjoy permanent recognition at Lotusland with naming rights to Madame’s favorite lantern in the Japanese Garden. The five-foot-tall lantern, appropriately adorned with a lotus finial, sits along the Main Drive and has never been moved since Madame placed it. Your gift supports the Garden while preserving your eternal legacy. Your lantern will be dedicated during a naming ceremony with traditional Japanese music and a champagne toast for your party of 12. Note: Naming ceremony must take place on a mutually agreed upon date.