Sneak a Peek at Party for Life Auction Pieces

Hudson Beach Glass Sittiein

Hudson Beach Glass’s Sittiein figure

NEW YORK–Twelve one-of-a-kind items, including handcrafted unique home decor and fashion pieces, will be auctioned at next Monday’s Party for Life here.

The items have been donated by eight leading artisanal importers in connection with presentation of Gift For Life’s 2014 Bert Tonkin “Gift of Giving Award” to Clare Brett Smith, president emerita of Aid to Artisans.

Among the items up for auction will be an alpaca throw from Creative Women; three jewelry pieces from Faire Collection; a Sittiein figure by Hudson Beach Glass; Swahili Imports’ wood salad bowl and servers; Tesoros Trading Company’s glass; a coat from The joannajohn Collection; a pendant necklace from Tribalinks; and Bamboula’s Turkana baskets.

In addition to one of a kind pieces there are 67 other items available for bidding. Interested parties can view the auction items, pre-register as bidders and submit advance bids through the website, www.GavelAndGrand.com/auctions/partyforlife. Gavel & Grand uses mobile technology to notify bidders of their bid status, and alert them to competitive bids against items in which they are interested.

Honoree Clare Brett Smith was a craft importer for 15 years before joining the nonprofit Aid to Artisans, where she served as president for more than 20 years and helped to create economic opportunities for low-income artisan groups around the world.

Gift for Life’s 22nd Annual Party for Life, benefiting DIFFA, will take place Feb. 3 at The Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park. Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships ranging from $500 through $25,000 are available. For details, contact Steven Williams at swilliams@diffa.org, (212) 727-3100.