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, at 10 am.
The blockbuster auction, sourced from several fine Westchester, Manhattan and Long Island, N.Y., estates and even one in Palm Beach, Fla., 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 and pieces originally hail 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.” Holiday-inspired highlights that will add bling to celebrations include a grouping of Judaica carved bone pendant, two signed P. Heck glitter-painted clay snowman brooches and a sterling Christmas tree brooch offered with a pair of snowman earrings.
The iconic brand of Hermes is highly sought after by vintage fashion aficionados and is well represented in this auction with a rectangular Hermes Paris cashmere/silk wool shawl ($200-2,000) having a navy blue and brick pattern on both sides accented with saffron and other complementary hues, 16 ½ by 72 inches; a vintage Les Sangles silk scarf ($100-300) with belt and buckle pattern in hues of white, red, blue, green, and orange, designed by Joachim Metz for Hermes in 1985 and a green wool cape jacket ($100-500). For the well-dressed man on one’s holiday shopping list, how about an Hermes Paris elephant print silk tie, new in box ($50-200)?
All the best designer names will be on offer here, including Chanel, led by a seldom worn Chanel gold toned belt ($200-1,000), having a shamrock medallion charm and its gift box, and a rare Chanel France gold tone medallion metal belt ($100-1,000) with alternating embossed designs on each triangular medallion link.
The range of fashion accessories in this sale is far-ranging, from a circa 1896 Elgin 14K gold pocket watch ($200-1,000), embossed and lavishly engraved, to a Prada weekend bag ($100-800), possibly never used, measuring 20 by 15 inches.
Jewelry, especially oversized brooches, also run from antique — as in a sterling silver gemstone peacock brooch ($40-120) — to modern with a Brooklyn Artery cameo brooch pendant ($20-250).
The luxury brand, Kieselstein-Cord, debuted in 1972 in New York and is well collected today for its jewelry, leather goods and fashion accessories. On offer in this sale is a nice selection of 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 24K gold dipped belts from 1980 is Christopher Ross. Crossing the block here will be a snake form belt and buckle having glass eyes and a unicorn belt with blue glass eyes. Each estimated at $100-500.
Italian gold always makes a striking statement and a hit at holiday parties would be a Bulgari 18K gold tondo sun pendant ($200-800), featuring a yellow gold sunburst surrounded by a stainless steel Tondo sun, that comes with two leather cords (black and brown).
Rounding out the auction will be a pair of artisanal John Hardy 18K gold Balinese Omega back earring ($100-400), signed and marked on back with etched figure of a monkey and an Ivanka Trump diamond Deco 18K white gold two-piece necklace ($200-1,000) with onyx and pave diamonds.
The auction gallery is at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
185 Kisco Ave Suite 201
Mount Kisco, New York
About Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.
The Benefit Shop receives donations from the finest estates in Bedford and beyond and showcases them in one convenient and beautifully-staged location. The estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and non-profits in the community get the money. This elegantly-conceived, eco-friendly concept is the brainchild of Pam Stone and she is thrilled at the response from the community. It’s no secret that non-profits, from hospitals to homeless shelters, are having a tough time in this economy. Responding to the call for funding to fill the gaps , local resident Stone imagined a new possibility, an auction gallery with donated merchandise from the grand estates that surround the area. For 10 years, Stone has been busy visiting estate sales in the area, encouraging people to make high quality, tax-deductible donations for the satisfaction of helping a host of community organizations, including Neighbors’ Link and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as the continued support of Northern Westchester Hospital. According to Pam, “Often these kinds of shops benefit a big national charity, but I really wanted the beneficiary to be my community, for the people who live and work here.” Mission statement: To donate, to discover, to do good.