United Hong Kong: The Top 10 Auction Lots To Bid On
Given the recent developments, the conditions for holding the United Hong Kong Benefit are no longer as safe as we needed, and we have taken the decision to postpone the fundraiser. For more information, please see here.
The inaugural event not only promises to be an unforgettable evening of immersive experiences and gastronomic delights, whilst adhering to the strictest social distancing measures, but will also feature both a live and a silent auction. On the evening of the event, each of the 13 intimate events will be connected by live stream to view the auction simultaneously.
With 100% of the proceeds from the auctions going directly to boost Light Be’s vision of creating high-impact housing models to empower Hong Kong’s economy post Covid-19, Tatler has rallied over 20 partners to graciously offer auction lots. These exceptional lots not only fall under “priceless” categories, but also showcase each company’s profile with flair and ingenuity.
Ranging across all lifestyle pillars––including performing arts, travel, food & beverage and, of course crème de la crème products that celebrate the epitome of craftsmanship and creativity, these curated auction lots mirror United Hong Kong’s sense of charity and connectedness––with Jonathan Crockett hosting our silent auction and acting as our esteemed auctioneer for the evening.
From the huge range of exciting and one-of-a-kind auction lots on offer, below we are highlighting just 10 of the very best.
Find the full collection of silent and live auction lots online at givergy.hk/unitedhongkong.
1/10 Chopard Green Carpet Collection Diamond Earrings & A Journey to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival
Being the official partner of Cannes Film Festival, Chopard is inviting the successful bidder to Cannes 2021 to enjoy a truly stylish experience.
This auction item entitles the winner to an exclusive party invitation for two hosted by Chopard at Cannes Films Festival 2021, and dinner for two in a Michelin-star restaurant in Cannes hosted by Chopard. On top of an unforgettable experience in Cannes, the winning bidder will receive a pair of Green Carpet collection earrings made in Fairmined 18ct white gold with marquise-cut diamonds, which alone are valued at $850,000, from Chopard.
Donated by: Chopard
Lot value: HK$1,200,000
2/10 Jeremy Jauncey's Curated Maldivian Adventure
This spectacular experience offers the opportunity to visit the pristine paradise of The Maldives. Specially curated by Jeremy Jauncy––founder of Beautiful Destinations and Tatler Asia’s contributing travel editor––the trip will include four nights at Soneva Fushi and three nights at Soneva Jani for two guests.
Jeremy will give the guests a pre-trip briefing via Zoom to personally share his recommendations. After the trip, Jeremy will meet the guests for a meal in Hong Kong hosted by Tatler, offering the chance to get up close and share travel stories.
Donated by: Soneva x Jeremy Jauncey
Lot value: HK$380,000
3/10 Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Date & Discovery Tour
Along with offering the chance to own a Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Date timepiece, this lot will treat the winning bidder to a discovery tour of Atelier d'Antoine in Switzerland with one guest.
The unique experience will allow watch lovers to get to know the brand on an intimate level, featuring discovery workshops, which offer hands-on experience into the heart of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Donated by: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Lot value: HK$200,000
4/10 A Curated Travel Experience by the Tatler Team & Singapore Airlines
After a year of going without travel, this is sure to appeal to all jet-setters. Donated by Singapore Airlines, the successful bidder will receive business class tickets to Singapore.
Along with the air tickets, the trip includes a one-of-a-kind Tatler curated experience, including a hotel stay and unique itinerary. Available dates for the experience are January 11-14 (for four); January 18-21 (for four); and January 25-28 (for two).
Donated by: Singapore Airlines
Lot value: HK$50,000
5/10 Lady Arpels Papillon Orange Solaire Watch
As part of the Extraordinary Dials Collection, the Lady Arpels Papillon Orange Solaire Watch features an aerial view of two amber butterflies with their wings outspread, floating in an autumnal atmosphere.
Set in a 38mm white gold gold bezel with round diamonds and featuring a mother-of-pearl background and amber accents, the stunning timepiece is numbered and limited edition of 22 pieces.
Donated by: Van Cleef & Arpels
Lot value: HK$825,000
6/10 Two Nights Three Days in Rome With Bulgari
Graciously donated by Bulgari, this bespoke travel experience showcases the very best of Rome.
The two night and three day trip for two will begin with business class air tickets. Upon arrival, the guests will be checked into a dive-star hotel in the centre of Rome, and be treated to Private cooking class and dinner at the residence of Bulgari ambassador Princess Gonzaga, along with a gem masterclass at the Bulgari treasure room and a visit the Bulgari Temple. The winning bidder can look forward to travelling in style like Elizabeth Taylor, touring Rome in a classic Fiat 500.
Donated by: Bulgari
Lot value: Upon request
7/10 Chateau Cheval Blanc 2003
Featuring two 12-bottle cases of vintage 2003 Château Cheval Blanc wine from the private collection of Cheval Blanc CEO Pierre Lurton, this lot is unmissable for the wine connoisseur.
The wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, and reveals an exquisite bouquet of mulberries, forest floor, new saddle leather, spice box and spring flowers. The first-growth quality aromatics are followed by a complex medium-bodied wine with more density than anticipated. Though seeming fully mature, the wine features an unexpected freshness and underlying depth of fruit, and should continue to drink well for another 7-8 years.
Donated by: Mr. Matthew Lam and Mr. Jimmy Tang
Lot value: HK$100,000
8/10 HSBC Limited Edition $150 Bank Notes
Direct from the HSBC’s vaults, the winning bidder will receive one limited edition HSBC 150th Anniversary 35-in-1 Uncut sheet of Banknotes. These banknotes are the first to depict the four buildings that have stood at 1 Queen’s Road Central, together with the HSBC Lions, Stephen and Stitt, who were installed outside of the HSBC head office in 1935.
Although these are considered legal tender, this unique auction lot is sure to be a keepsake for future generations to appreciate.
Donated by: HSBC
Lot value: HK$5,250
9/10 Collector's Calligraphy Piece by Frog King
One of Hong Kong's most iconic and dynamic artists, Kwok Mang-ho––popularly known as Frog King––has donated a one-of-a-kind piece of calligraphy artwork. Through his philosophy of "Art is Life. Life is Art", Frog King uses endless comedic idioms to create art, with this collector's piece showcasing his signature bold and free-spirited style.
Donated by: Frog King
Lot value: HK$38,000
10/10 Sunday’s Spirits Experience & Butchering 101 At Yardbird
Perfect for food lovers who want to experience more than just an unforgettable meal, this dining experience offers the successful bidder something truly special. Learn all about Sunday’s Spirits' whisky and sake with Sake Samurai Elliot Faber followed by a dinner for four at Sake Central.
The winning bidder will also be taught how to make Sunday’s Highballs and enjoy a dinner for two at Ronin, along with the chance to partake in a chicken butchery 101 class with Chef Matt Abergel, before having a dinner for four at yakitori favourite Yardbird.
Donated by: Lindsay Jang
Lot value: HK$22,000
To support the United Hong Kong Benefit, individuals and corporations can donate to Light Be by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting givergy.hk/unitedhongkong
Find out more at unitedhongkong.com
This event is sponsored by HSBC Private Banking, Chopard & FANCL, and in partnership with Occasions Asia Pacific and Phillips Auctioneers and Prenetics.