The Grand Auction
End the Sale in style this year by getting to the Lynam Hall in time to grab a glass of Champagne or mulled wine and settle in for the spectacle of the Grand Auction at 11.30am. The Grand Auction is a live Auction that ends the Dragon sale. There are fantastic money-can’t-buy experiences to bid on and some wonderful holiday rentals. Even if you don’t intend to bid, don’t miss out on the wonderful atmosphere the Grand Auction creates in the hall. Please see below for details of the lots on offer.
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We were very grateful to Charlie Ross for returning for another year as our guest auctioneer in 2018.
2018 Grand Auction - Full description of Lots
1. PORTRAIT SKETCH IN CHARCOAL OR SEPIA BY PEREGRINE HEATHCOTE
Peregrine is a world-renowned artist who has a dynamic career spanning continents.
He has exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, various private exhibitions and Dover Street Galleries in the early part of his career. He is now collected in America, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands and South Africa to mention just a few places. Peregrine was the youngest ever student of the Heatherly School of Art and continued his classical training in Florence Academy of Art. This can be a life-size sketch of either an adult or a child. If the sketch is of a child, they must be accompanied at any sittings by a parent or guardian at all times. The sittings will take place at Peregrine’s studio in Oxfordshire. Photographs are usually taken of the sitter during the process, especially with children who often find it hard to sit still for any length of time. If the parent would like an additional sketch of a sibling or other family member (by prior agreement with the artist) a 20% discount on the normal value of a sketch will be applied. Framing can be arranged with the artist if required, passed on at cost. Valid until July 1st 2019.
Kindly donated by Peregrine Heathcote.
2. CABIN IN OPPDAL, NORWAY, OVER EASTER
Escape to a heavenly cabin in the mountain village of Oppdal, Norway, over Easter. Surrounded by nature, but only 15 minutes from the nearest ski resort, 1.5 hours from Trondheim, and 6 hours from Oslo. Oppdal is one of Norway’s most popular destinations for skiing. The nearby towns of Trondheim and Røros are worth a visit, it’s an hour away from the fjords around Sunndalsøra, and a local company can be contacted for ice fishing. This wonderfully furnished cabin has 2 double bedrooms, 1 family bunk room, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen/living room and an additional seating area. Enjoy the warmth of their wood burning stove and their sauna. Only requirements: When you leave, throw away perishable food, leave clean linen on top of the beds and £120 (1,200 Norwegian Kroner) for the cleaner.
Dates to be mutually agreed upon. Prize valid during the Easter holidays of 2019 only.
Kindly donated by Will & Inga Nicholas.
3. HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU TICKETS AND DRINKS
Two tickets to the live recording of the popular current affairs programme Have I Got News For You at Elstree Studios, London. Post-performance drinks with the cast also included. Filmed on a Thursday, specific date of event to be confirmed by Alexander Armstrong (host of the episode). Alexander Armstrong is a successful comedian, actor, writer, television presenter and singer. Perhaps he is best-known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller who starred in four series of ARMSTRONG AND MILLER and THE ARMSTRONG AND MILLER SHOW. He has hosted the BBC series HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU more than 20 times and has co-presented the hugely popular TV quiz show POINTLESS, alongside Richard Osman since 2009. Must be 18 or older.
Kindly donated by Alexander & Hannah Armstrong.
4. SPEND A DAY WITH A SENIOR LAWYER IN LONDON
This prize is for a teenager (15 or older) and their parent to spend a day in the legal heart of London with Nick Chronias, former barrister and partner with International Law firm, DAC Beachcroft. Visit the Royal Courts of Justice, the Temple, Inns of Court and Law Society. Over lunch in one of the Inns of Court find out about life at the bar and in a City law firm. Nick has almost three decades’ experience of working in the law, having acted on innumerable high profile cases, including the largest employment law case in UK legal history. With responsibility for recruiting trainee solicitors, lawyers and partners Nick can give a real insight into what makes a stand out candidate. This prize is suitable for an older child considering a career in the law. Children under 18 to be accompanied by a parent. See info online (Givergy) for more details. Nick and Kate will make themselves available on a mutually agreed date during the school holidays. Valid until December 2019.
Kindly donated by Nick and Kate Chronias
5. WEEK’S HOUSE RENTAL IN KELMSCOTT
Spend a relaxing week in a beautiful house nestled in the Cotswold village of Kelmscott, West Oxfordshire. Accommodating 12, this is the perfect escape for a family get together or group of friends. Ideal for half term, an exeat or simply for a boarding family to be nearer Oxford for a week. Comfortable for 3 families (one in the main house, one in the guest wing and a separate small 2 bedroom dwelling for a 3rd family). The house also includes an outdoor heated pool (available to use from May to September). Kelmscott is a very small, picturesque village 24 miles from Oxford, well known for Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’ summer home. It also boasts a fantastic gastro pub, The Plough. A housekeeper will prepare the house with all bedding, towels etc. Due to its popularity, availability is from Sep 2019 - Sep 2020. Valid until end of September 2020.
Kindly donated by Zoe & Johnny Manns.
6. THE ULTIMATE DINNER PARTY
All you need are the guests! Four course dinner for ten, prepared by private chef in your own home (canapés, starter, main and dessert). Also included are flowers & candles for the table, sparkling wine*, six bottles of premium red and six bottles of premium white wines as well as waiting staff, set-up and clear-up. (Tableware to be provided by winning bidder). To be taken within a ten mile radius of Oxford. Menu and date to be agreed with chef. Valid until 1st December 2019. *six bottles of Nyetimber sparkling wine generously provided by The Oxford Ski Company.
Kindly donated by Carl and Chloe Vine.
7. ONE WEEK’S STAY IN A FABULOUS CLIFFTOP HOUSE IN BUDE, CORNWALL
Spend a wonderful week in a gorgeous, recently refurbished 8 bedroom house set on the cliff tops of Northcott Mouth Beach. Beautiful pavilion style beach house with glorious wood floors and breathtaking views over the sea. Children welcome, dogs too BUT they must stay in the kennel provided. No smoking. Dates to be mutually agreed. This experience is valid until 15th Dec 2019. Max 14 people.
Kindly donated by David & Fiona Howden
8. A BOX AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN
Enjoy a production of the spectacular ballet Don Quixote from the luxury of your own private box at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This performance of Carlos Acosta’s vibrant version will be performed by the Royal Ballet on Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7.00pm. The dazzling, Natalia Osipova, will be dancing on this date. The box seats 4 – 6 people and dinner may be ordered separately and taken in the adjoining retiring room (not included in this prize). Please note: It may be possible to exchange for another day, should the date not be convenient to the successful bidder. If this is the case, prompt contact is essential.
Kindly donated by Ian and Caroline Laing.
9. WIMBLEDON PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Anyone for Tennis? This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is not just for anyone... it includes the chance for up to 6 people to play on the hallowed lawns of the All England Club Wimbledon soon after the world’s finest players have graced the courts in the summer of 2019. Get some top tips from former national junior champion, Jeff Hunter, your host for the day. Indulge in a traditional strawberries and cream afternoon tea on the club balcony afterwards, and finish with a private tour of the grounds including the Royal Box on Centre Court. A unique prize and a day to remember….
This fantastic offer is open to adults and children of year 4 upwards. Winning bidders should wear tennis whites, rackets can be provided if needed. Play could be on any court except Centre or No. 1. Travel not included. To be redeemed on a mutually convenient date between mid July and mid September 2019.
Kindly donated by Jeff Hunter from Premier Tennis.
10. CENTRE BOX FOR 8 AT GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL 2019
Be inspired by an evening at Glyndebourne, one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world. Surrounded by glorious gardens in the heart of the South Downs National Park, a long dining interval during every performance is as much of a tradition as the opera and will allow you and your guests to enjoy your traditional picnic
and fine wine accompaniment*, all of which will be included. Tickets and vintage wines will be delivered to the winning bidder in the UK prior to the event. Table, table cloth and chairs will be reserved onsite for you. Picnic to be collected from Laith’s of Glyndebourne upon arrival and will be self-served (please take your own glasses).
Running from May to August each year, Glyndebourne Festival offers a programme of six operas – the date & production for this prize will be confirmed early in December 2018 when the ballot is determined.
*Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 1999, 75cl x 4
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Grand Cru Classe 2000 75cl x 4
Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes 1990 75cl x 1
Kindly donated by William & Catherine Allen.
11. ONE WEEK’S STAY IN A GORGEOUS BEACH HOUSE IN THE HAMPTONS
Spend a fabulous week in a gorgeous 4 bedroom beach house in the Hamptons, Long Island, USA. Set on 2 waterfront acres on Ram Island by Coecles Harbour and Mashomack Preserve, this four bedroom, two bathroom beach house with spectacular views onto Gardiners Bay has been renovated in an elegant and modern style and offers a newly installed infinity edge pool on the waterside with a private beach. The property is set up for outdoor summer living, including a wall of sliding doors from the living room, formal dining room and master suite overlooking the open plan kitchen with granite countertops, vaulted ceiling, fireplace and dramatic water views. Available: Summer half term 2019 or during September 2019. Host willing to accommodate bidder but please note summer holiday period not available. Children welcome but no pets. No smoking. This experience is valid until 15th Dec 2019. Max 7 people. Travel is not included.
Kindly donated by Ross & Poppy Allonby.
12. OWN YOUR OWN RACEHORSE
Ever dreamt of owning your own racehorse? Here is an opportunity to own a National Hunt racehorse for a season with free training by Graeme McPherson.
Graeme McPherson together with his dynamic team have enjoyed significant success in recent seasons. With state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional levels of care they help each horse reach their full potential. Their yard is situated near Stow-on-the-Wold in 200 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside. You would be encouraged to visit the yard and see your horse exercising on the gallops and schooling over fences. Join your horse at the races and see it running in your name and colours. Any trophies and prize money won by your horse would be yours to keep. Valid for the 2019/2020 National Hunt season.
Kindly donated by Graeme McPherson.
13. WEEKEND IN KLOSTERS
Escape for the weekend to the exclusive resort of Klosters. With its romantic village-like atmosphere, Klosters offers a unique combination of a renowned mountain resort with excellent on-piste and off-piste skiing, and the idyll of an unspoilt Graubünden village.
This 2nd floor 240m square apartment is a very traditional rental in an exclusive area, within easy walking distance to the centre of town and the gondola. Sleeps 10 (4 adults and 6 children) in 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and 2 bunk rooms, also en-suite. There is also a further WC. The apartment has a generous & comfortable living room with fireplace, big corner balcony, flat screen cable TV and WIFI. The kitchen has all the necessary mod-cons: oven, microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso machine, kettle and even a raclette set. There is a washing machine and dryer in the apartment, 2 parking spots in the garage and a large ski room for ski storage.
When you go to rent your skis (rental not included) the donor has arranged for customized service from the local ski shop where you can get skis fitted & rented and they will offer you ski storage and return near the base of the mountain so skis don’t need to be carried to and from the apartment. The winning bidder will be required to put down a 1,000 CH deposit which will be refunded when they leave. No smoking! No pets!
Offered for 3 nights and 4 days from Thursday 14th March to Sunday 17th March 2019 (2nd exeat weekend of the Dragon Easter term).
Kindly donated by Alexander and Kaarin Hardy.
14. A GREEK ODYSSEY THEMED DINNER WITH THE HEADMASTER
Dinner for 10 people hosted by The Headmaster and Mrs Hyde-Dunn at their house,
6 Chadlington Road, Oxford. Cooked, prepared and served by The Headmaster and Mrs Hyde-Dunn. A delicious 3-course evening meal, with a Greek Odyssey theme. All drinks included. Valid until end of June 2019. To be arranged on a mutually convenient evening.
Any dietary requirements to be advised.
Kindly donated by The Headmaster and Mrs Hyde-Dunn.
15. A BOX AT OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER UNITED
In the Theatre of Dreams enjoy the unique vantage point of a Manchester United football match. Arguably the most famous football club in the world, here is an opportunity for 8 people to experience the excitement of the Premier league from their own box. A delicious three course meal, drinks and parking are all included.
The winning bidder can choose from the following fixtures:
2nd March 2019 v Southampton
30th March 2019 v Watford
13th April 2019 v West Ham
No age restrictions.
Prize to be claimed by 15/01/2019
Kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Ghalib.