Guernsey’s VIP Aug. 19 auction to benefit rehomed Beluga whales

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This is one of the Beluga whales now safely rehomed at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. Image provided by Guernsey’s, which will conduct the August 19, 2021 auction to benefit the whales’ ongoing care and the maintenance of their spacious, beautiful enclosure at the aquarium.

NEW YORK – The auction house Guernsey’s, in partnership with Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium, will host an unprecedented gala event and auction to raise funds to support the lives of Beluga whales who were formerly part of a Canadian tourist attraction. The endangered species were transported in May aboard a US Air Force C-130 Lockheed cargo plane to their new state-of-the-art home at the aquarium, which is the largest marine mammal habitat of its type in North America. The auction will take place on August 19, 2021, adjacent to the aquarium’s beautiful whale enclosure. Bid absentee or live online from anywhere in the world via LiveAuctioneers.

Star lots include the naming rights for three of the Beluga whales, an original bronze sculpture of a beluga whale created by wildlife artist Dan Ostermiller, a plaque installation at the Arctic Coast habitat commemorating the auction inscribed with the successful bidder’s name, and a private meet-and-greet with the Belugas, once a year. Funds raised on the evening will go towards expenses incurred for the acquisition and transportation by Mystic Aquarium, and the maintenance of a proper and safe environment for the endangered whales.

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Vintage carved greyhound, possibly from the studio of renowned Philadelphia carousel animal carver Charles Looff. It is one of several carousel animals in the auction. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

Guernsey’s auction also includes beautiful vintage carousel greyhound dogs and a 1908-1909 jumper horse formerly in Central Park and Coney Island, as well as several desirable bronze sculptures by noted Spanish artist Kieff Antonio Grediaga (b. 1936-).

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Kieff Antonio Grediaga (Spanish, b. 1936), Cante Jondu, approximately 30in tall. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

In addition, there are a number of original artworks and sculptures with a marine theme or depicting animal life, all created by accomplished artists who are donating the proceeds to the ongoing care of the whales.

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Very fine copper-hulled model of the Boston-built clipper ship ‘Flying Cloud,’ presented in standing display case, 54in long by 65in high. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000

For those who enjoy motoring collectibles, there a vintage-style Porsche Speedster replica, a new, customizable 2022 Moke America vehicle, and two new Vespa scooters. If sailing is your joy, how about a beautifully restored Beetle Cat sailboat?

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Fiber Fab Californian replica Porsche Speedster. Estimate: $75,000-$85,000

Unforgettable experiences and vacation packages include: a VIP suite for five events at Madison Square Garden, one week at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia; a Super Bowl LVI Los Angeles package, courtside seats at Men’s and Women’s Finals at the 2022 US Open, a 12-day Australian vacation for six people, and a 7-day/6-night vacation for two at The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi?

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Bid on a fantastic Super Bowl LVI package, estimate $50,000-$60,000; as well as many other luxury getaways.

The gala event at Mystic Aquarium will feature live music, food and beverages, against the exciting backdrop of the Beluga whale habitat and more than 7,000 other marine animals, including penguins, seals, sea lions, and sharks.

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Richard Shaffett, ‘Windy Day,’ depiction of Dutch West Indies house, 32 x 48in. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

Tickets to the gala cost $150 per person and include two raffle tickets. One lucky winner will have the right to name one of the whales. All proceeds will go towards the care of the animals and continued marine life research.

Sign up now to bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information, visit Guernsey’s online.