The Supersonic Auction
There will be 50 very special items up for bidding at this year’s Supersonic Big Ball.
If you are interested to bid for these items, please email your name, contact number, bidding price and the auction item number to email@example.com.
Here’s a sneak peak at a few:
Kate Spade bag, from Ms Tin Pei Ling
Reserve price: $500.00
Think politics and purses are an odd fit? Think again.
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s handbag became such a symbol of her leadership style that in the 1980s the term ‘handbagging’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary, where it’s described as verbally attacking a person or idea ruthlessly and forcefully. Her most famous bag, a black Asprey, was auctioned for charity last year for US$39,000.
On the other side of the Atlantic, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is known to be deeply fond of her roomy pink Ferragamo tote in particular, and of handbags in general.
“I think no one should make fun of anyone else’s handbag choices. I think [women] should be united in our support of one another,” Mrs Clinton once said during an interview. “Because [handbags are] like a deep psychological need. It’s a desire to kind of organize and contain that which is important to you in your daily life.”
Here in Singapore, there is one handbag that has had its fair share of the political limelight. And it now reappears – to help raise funds for AWARE’s work!
One of the defining images of the 2011 General Election was the photograph of political candidate Ms Tin Pei Ling posing with the box for her Kate Spade handbag. It was a lightning rod, attracting everything from criticism of her candidacy to misogynist vitriol.
Ms Tin has now very kindly donated her Kate Spade bag for the AWARE Auction. The item is in mint condition.
Explaining why she was happy to offer her bag for auction, Ms Tin said: “In the course of my work in the community, I have met many women, from single mothers to the elderly, who need help and support. I hope that the proceeds from this bag will help to sustain AWARE’s crisis Helpline, Sexual Assault Befrienders Service, Legal Clinic and counselling services for women. These are laudable efforts to help women in Singapore. This particular bag received much publicity during the last GE, and I hope to put it to good use. When AWARE approached me and asked to put it up for auction, I saw this as an opportunity to raise funds for a very worthy cause.”
Brick of Hope Statement Necklace and Earrings, from Saught
Reserve price: $180.00
Saught is a homegrown social enterprise that creates products from the scrap metal of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) to support sustainability in post-conflict countries. They have launched a pilot project in Cambodia, creating jewelry to support ongoing income generation projects.
The Bricks of Hope collection was inspired by the scene of homes in Cambodia being destroyed by bombs during the war. The necklace and earrings are made of brass war remnants, and plated in rhodium. The orange-gold inlay symbolizes the hope for reconstruction as communities across the world lend a helping hand.
Find out more at www.saught.com.sg
Portrait of Susan, by Manjeet Shergill
Reserved price: $4,000.00
Homegrown artist Manjeet Shergill Manjeet was among the first batch of art students to attend St. Patrick’s Art Centre, now LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts. She began exhibiting her work in 1997, both in Singapore and abroad, and established Shergill Studio as an independent studio and gallery from which to paint and sell her work.
In 2003, together with two partners, she established the Vermillion Group of Galleries, which was to become an important part of the developing Holland Village art hub. Today, she continues to exhibit and sell her paintings, and also runs popular Creative Art Workshops.
Portrait Of Susan was completed in 2011 – as part of the collection Sons And Lovers. This collection is about the moody evolving stages of women being in love, and not in love, from being single to becoming mothers.
Find out more at http://shergillstudio.com/artist01.htm
Heavy Traffic@Jalan Besar, by Marvin Chew
Reserved price: $880.00
Marvin Chew is a Singapore-based Malaysian artist who specializes in watercolours. A naturalist, he is often seen sketching and painting en plein air. Chew largely paints in a semi-realistic, impressionist style, and his subjects range from streets of old and new Singapore to the heritage shophouses and rivers. “Heavy Traffic@Jalan Besar” is one of his more recent pieces, and expresses more experimentation of the watercolour medium combined with more expressive sketches in bold colours.
Bali Procession, by Leif Nilsson
Reserved price: $4,000.00
During his lifetime, Leif lived in Australia and various parts of Southeast Asia such as Bali, Malacca, Langkawi and Ko Samui, where he set up his studio. Leif was best known for his landscapes of sea, sky and padi fields using European concept of line of infinity. This combination of technique and images made him different from Asian artists. His works were shown and collected in Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and other countries.
Ipa-Nima Clutch, from Quintessential
Reserved price: $100.00
Since 1997, Ipa-Nima and Christina Yu have been creating fashion accessories that elegantly fuse unique materials, vivid colour schemes and inventive ideas into every piece. With a focus on handbags and a design-first philosophy, Ipa-Nima translates fashion trends into edgy accessories steeped in soul. This clutch is donated by Quintessential.
Welder Watch, from Bezel
Reserved price: $600
The Mens Welder Watch K22 902 is donated by Bezel, the Watch Collectors’ Guild. It features a yellow smooth rubber with a deployment buckle clasp strap, a screwed-in stainless steel case back and scratch-resistant mineral crystal glass case and has a 3D white dial with yellow numerals, three hand movement with the welder logo dial. The K22 902 DS WI-YE comes with an official Welder Watches 2-year guarantee.
Filigree Choker, from Marilyn Tan Jewellery
Reserved price: $500
This handmade .925 silver antique gold-plated smoky quartz beads Filigree Choker is donated by Marilyn Tan Jewellery. Marilyn Tan is one of Singapore’s top jewellery designers, thanks to 18 years spent designing and creating unique contemporary pieces by hand.
Weekend stay at Regent Singapore
Reserved price: $250
Coffee Appreciation Class for 10 at Bettr Barista
Reserved price: $300
You always enjoy a good cup of coffee. The irresistible aroma, the silky froth, the full-bodied flavor, nothing keeps you from your daily cuppa. If you’ve just begun your coffee relationship, or have been in a satisfying one for a while, take a moment to understand this beautiful bean better.