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Aug. 26 benefit auction features designer picks from prestigious Hampton Showhouse
Pool table by James De Wulf, concrete with black felt top, chosen by Worth Interiors, opening bid $6,000. Photo by William A. Boyd Jr.
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY.- Home to movie stars and millionaires, the Hamptons on Long Island’s East End are synonymous with stylish homes and luxurious living. But only rarely have furnishings and decorative objects from an uber-chic Hamptons home been made available to purchase at auction online – and until now, never on such a large scale. Through a collaborative effort undertaken by LiveAuctioneers, Hampton Designer Showhouse, Traditional Home magazine and several of America’s top interior designers, more than 300 pieces from the actual rooms and outdoor living spaces of the 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse will be auctioned online on Monday, Aug. 26th.

The LiveAuctioneers online-only auction exclusively features furnishings and design elements on view through Sept. 2 at the Showhouse in Bridgehampton. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital in nearby Southampton, New York.

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the Showhouse to view interior-design trends in rooms created by design luminaries.

“This year’s event is special because each designer has personally selected furniture and decorative objects from the Showhouse rooms to be sold through LiveAuctioneers, with part of the proceeds benefiting Southampton Hospital. Being a resident of the Hamptons, I know how important Southampton Hospital is to our area,” said LiveAuctioneers CEO Julian R. Ellison. “It’s exciting to work jointly with internationally acclaimed designers and respected media partners like Traditional Home to achieve a common goal: raising as much money as possible for the hospital,” he added.

Among the many noted designers represented in the Showhouse is Brian del Toro, who, prior to establishing his own successful firm, worked for the legendary Parish Hadley Associates, Connie Beale Inc., and Bunny Williams Inc. The pieces del Toro chose for inclusion in the Hampton Designer Showhouse auction include a super pair of Chinese turquoise vase lamps of his own design, estimated at $10,000-$20,000; and a pair of 1950s Italian open-arm red velvet chairs with an opening bid of $2,500.

Colorado-based Worth Interiors brings understated lines and high style to the Showhouse’s recreation room and wine cellar. They chose for the auction a James De Wulf pool table constructed of concrete with black felt top, estimated at $12,000-$24,000. Dramatically accenting the rec room is a John Pomp sculpted-glass pendant chandelier, estimated at $10,800-$21,600. A modest estimate of $465-$930 belies the high-end vibe imparted by a porcelain with gold Lladro Canvas Tree Rings vase.

From Baltimore Design Group’s Showhouse bedroom comes a selection of auction pieces that reflect company owner Keith Baltimore’s anthropologically influenced modern design vision. His 72-inch-tall sculpture of a pair of faceless, stark-white male and female figures, known jointly as “Rendezvous,” is entered in the auction with a $30,000-$60,000 estimate. In situ at the Showhouse, the sculptural artwork stands beside a rose linen upholstered sectional sofa that has a starting bid of $4,000.

Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors chose for the Showhouse two fantastic rugs from her own Celerie Kemble Collection for Merida. One is a striking circular “Catalyst” rug with irregular herringbone pattern, estimate $2,500-$5,000; the other is a 100 percent sisal “Nasturtium” rug woven in Belgium, estimate $3,000-$6,000.

Other must-see furnishings and design elements within the 300+ auction lots come directly from the porch areas created by Bryant Keller Interiors, Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design, and Ken Gemes Interiors; Brady Design’s guest suite, and Bradley Stephens’ master sitting room, among other Showhouse areas.

There are price points to please every pocketbook in the Aug. 26 sale. Bids on some lots start as low as $40.

“Everyone wishes they could afford to hire a world-class interior designer. This auction presents a rare opportunity to bid on furniture, decorative art and accessories that have been handpicked by a prestigious team of design experts. This is an opportunity not to be missed,” said Ellison.

Absentee bidding has already begun. Live online bidding will commence at 12 noon Eastern time on Monday, August 26th. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid now or live online on auction day at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.



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