MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. will hit a milestone at its Red Carpet Auction on Wednesday, June 24, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, which is the 200th auction for the auction house that opened in 2016. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“Now in our fifth year of business, we have grown our space – expanding last year into 10,000 square feet of showroom and storage space – and grown our team. We are now selling close to 2,000 items a month,” said founder Pam Stone, owner and founder. “We are committed to a broad range of eclecticism in our auctions from the weird to the wonderful.”
At the heart of its mission is to benefit charitable organizations in the area through proceeds from its auctions. Starting with making donations to Northern Westchester Hospital, the Benefit Shop Foundation has grown its charity partner base to more than 40 organizations in the community.
One frequently asked question, Stone says, is where does the merchandise come from? Situated in a tony area, the auction house gets donations from fine equestrian estates to farmhouses, even the original mansion of circus impresario P.T. Barnum. Art from swanky New York City apartments, midcentury modern from Greenwich or traditional antiques from Chappaqua are just some of the types of goods that find their way here.
Offering turnkey service, the auction house has expanded from accepting donations and consignments to doing entire buyouts of a home, from attic to basement.
In conducting her auctions, Stone has nearly seen it all: a dozen gargoyle carnival heads from Denmark, Broadway scenery, a collection of antique French fans, a life-size pagoda birdcage, 16-foot candelabra columns, church altars, large stained glass windows and a massive single-owner collection of 700 pieces of fine jewelry from a Manhattan estate.
Among the eclectic items featured in the June 24 auction will be a European silver winged-foot Mercury sculpture on pedestal, signed G. Accarisi, 13 inches tall; a pair of carved Asian ancestral figures, 46 inches tall; a collection of duck decoys and a handmade Tabriz carpet (below).
Artwork will also be well represented, led by a signed oil on canvas abstract scene by Marino Marini ($5,000-$10,000) with provenance to the Paul David Grant Galleries, 20½ by 26½ inches; and an initialed Head of Man marker drawing, attributed Robert Loughlin ($200-$2,000), who was known for his images of a square-chinned, cigarette-smoking man he called the brute.
Rounding out the auction will be a vintage Chinese pewter sculpture of a crane, 23½ inches tall and set of six midcentury modern chairs designed by David Rowland.
The monthly Red Carpet sales feature choice collections of antique, midcentury modern, brand furnishings, sterling, china, crystal, jewelry and fine art. With a mission “to donate, to discover and to do good,” the Benefit Shop Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and auction proceeds support community organizations.
For more information: https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
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