MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc will kick off the holiday shopping season with its 2nd annual holiday jewelry and designer fashion auction on Wednesday, Dec. 7, starting at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The blockbuster auction, its lineup sourced from several fine Westchester, Manhattan and Long Island, New York estates and even one in Palm Beach, Florida, totals nearly 800 lots. Offerings include a wide variety of jewelry and fashion styles, genres and designers.
Jewelry comprises nearly 80 percent of the sale, with pieces originally hailing from Spain, France, Italy and the far East. “The jewelry spans the decades and the globe,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have a lot of fine estate jewelry pieces but we also curated the sale to include many festive and fun pieces to add that extra holiday sparkle.”
The iconic brand of Hermes is well represented in this auction by a rectangular cashmere and silk shawl featuring a navy blue and brick pattern on both sides and accented with saffron and other complementary hues. It measures 16 ½ by 72in and carries an estimate of $200-$2,000. Similar offerings include a Les Sangles silk scarf with a belt and buckle pattern, designed by Joachim Metz for Hermes in 1985 and estimated at $100-$300; and also a green wool cape jacket estimated at $100-$500.
Chanel will appear in the sale lineup in the form of a Chanel gold-tone belt with a shamrock medallion charm, which comes with its gift box and original Chanel tag. Its estimate is $200-$1,000. Also featured is a Chanel France gold tone medallion metal belt with alternating embossed designs on each triangular medallion link, which is estimated at $100-$1,000.
The range of fashion accessories in this sale extends to a circa-1896 Elgin 14K gold pocket watch, embossed and lavishly engraved and estimated at $200-$1,000, to a Prada weekend bag, possibly never used and estimated at $100-$800.
The luxury brand Kieselstein-Cord debuted in 1972 in New York and is celebrated for its jewelry, leather goods and fashion accessories. On offer in this sale is a selection of Kieselstein-Cord animalia belt buckles, including two sterling silver alligator belt buckles and a sterling belt buckle with two embossed apes among leaves. Each is estimated at $200-$800.
Also making a statement with its circa-1980 24K gold dipped belts is Christopher Ross. Choices in the December 7 lineup will include a Christopher Ross snake-form belt and buckle fitted with glass eyes and a unicorn belt that sports blue glass eyes. Each is estimated at $100-$500.
Rounding out the auction will be a Bulgari 18K gold pendant featuring a sunburst shape surrounded by a stainless steel tondo sun. It comes with two leather cords, one black and one brown, and is estimated at $200-$800.
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