The Through the Fire online auction is now open!
This highly curated auction will complement Hillwood's upcoming virtual fundraising benefit, Through the Fire. Bid on fabulous items and unique experiences from behind-the-scenes tours to vacation opportunities to exclusive collector's pieces, and more!
The auction will close at 9 p.m. on March 16, 2022.
During these challenging times, your support is vital to Hillwood's continuing work to educate and inspire the public through the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post's collections and gardens. Gifts will support the development of innovative new programming, educational opportunities, and special exhibitions.
Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights from the auction:
Kristine Mays Sculpture: beautiful chorus
Contemporary American artist Kristine Mays breathes life into wire, transforming an industrial product into fascinating and moving works of art. 29 of her pieces transformed Hillwood's gardens in the 2021 exhibition Rich Soil. Bring this original work to your own home or garden.
Starting Bid: $3,000
Caribbean Sea Cloud Cruise for Two
Encounter the treasure islands and colorful underwater worlds of the Lesser Antilles aboard the Sea Cloud. The story of the Sea Cloud, which was built by Marjorie Merriweather Post as her private yacht, is more thrilling than some novels.
Starting Bid: $9,000
Chris Antemann Print: Caught in an Act of Impropriety
Chris Antemann is an Oregon-based artist known for her work inspired by 18th-century porcelain figurines, who created two porcelain centerpieces for display in Hillwood's dining and breakfast rooms. This print, an image of the artist proof, is edition 5/10.
Starting Bid: $200
Herend Tureen and Platter in the American Wildflowers Pattern
Herend is timeless, being ever in vogue. Create an unforgettable table setting with this beautiful tureen and platter in the stunning "American Wildflowers" pattern, hand painted with 24k gold accent.
Starting Bid: $1,500
Miles River Cruise aboard Winnie Estelle
Enjoy a cruise for up to 20 guest on the scenic Miles River aboard the historic 1920s Winnie Estelle buyboat. Depart from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in beautiful St. Michaels, Maryland.
Starting Bid: $250
Dinner for Two at The Inn at Little Washington with Car Service
Savor dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington. Dining at The Inn has been likened to a performance with the guest always playing the star role. The Inn's dining rooms are pure fantasy – a wondrous cocoon of luxury.
Starting Bid: $500
Full Subscription for Two for the 2022-2023 Season of The Washington Ballet
Enjoy a full subscription for two in the center orchestra seats for the 2022-2023 ballet season with special access to the Balletomane donor lounge.
Starting Bid: $300
Washington Capitals Home Jersey #92 signed by Evgeny Kuznetsov
Are you a true Caps fan? Do you want to show it? You can win this Washington Capitals Home Jersey signed by superstar Evgeny Kuznetsov. "Rock the Red" by displaying this #92 jersey in your home or by wearing it proudly around town. Let's go Caps!
Starting Bid: $250
Dinner with Ambassador Banks from New Zealand at the Official Residence
Five guests are invited to a special dinner with Ambassador Rosemary Banks of New Zealand at the official residence in D.C. Delight in interesting conversation and delicious cuisine. This dinner party is one not to miss!
Starting Bid: $1,000