Auctioneer, theatrical producer and White Glove Auction Company owner Karl Lindholm (above) is taking one of the oldest professions known to man and raising it out of the gutter, washing it off and dressing it up in his world premiere “theatrical auction” titled Bid High, Buy Low. This is a real auction that is theatrically oriented. The audience will bid on fabulous items from several estates from the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area.
The production will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 at Florida Atlantic University’s University Theater on the Boca Raton campus. Bidder registration and viewing will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 3 p.m. Internet lot viewing can be seen at www.whitegloveauction.com.
Unlike many auctions that are held in dingy warehouses and storefronts, Lindholm’s theatrical auction takes place in a bright and clean theater. Not only will it be held in a theater, but the presentation of the items for auction will be performed in a highly theatrical fashion.
Lindholm has developed theatrical skits to highlight the items that are for auction. Some of the skits scheduled to be performed are as follows: “Pink Panther” (in which the Pink Panther steals art and silver and gets the auctioneer to sell the items), “Phantom of the Opera” (in which the items in the actual performance scene will be auctioned), “Marie Antoinette” (in a French boudoir, where items of interest are auctioned) and even more fantastic production numbers are anticipated. This production is scheduled to be filmed for a potential television pilot.
In addition to these dynamic skits, acclaimed artist Michael Bandel and playwright/author Peter Copani will show their support to this new form of stage production by permitting the auction of their personal artistic and theatrical works.
Bandel, who makes his home in South Florida, believes in the cultural value of the performing arts and is proud to help in the promotion of this new performing art form by allowing some of his original art to be auctioned at Bid High, Buy Low. His contemporary art and sculpture enhances many prestigious locations, including the headquarters of Coca-Cola, the manicured grounds of the Sony Corporation and with collectors in 19 countries. Bandel’s panel art and two of his prototype sculptures will be featured. In addition, Bandel will meet and permit photos with the highest bidder as proof of his masterful art auctioned being truly authentic for the buyer.
Called the “leading playwright of the streets” by the New York Times and the “bard of the streets” by the New York Daily News, Copani spent years actually living on the streets before he achieved success as a playwright. Copani founded the JVPC Memorial Foundation for the Arts in memory of his son, John Vincent, who died of cancer. The organization raises funds for the annual Memorial Grant Awards, which are given to nonprofit theater companies that enrich lives by developing and promoting performing arts. In support of Bid High, Buy Low, Copani is allowing the auction his Lincoln Center Festival “74” poster and the three original director’s manuscripts of his productions as well as additional posters from his productions in New York City. Copani will also meet, permit photos and autograph all items with the highest bidder as proof of his manuscripts and posters being truly authentic.
Moreover, there are many other interesting, unique and fabulous items worth over $250,000 that will be up for auction.
In support of Bid High, Buy Low, Mercedes of Delray is offering a full two-year prepaid lease of a brand new 2013 Mercedes C250W sport sedan. This item will include, upon Mercedes Benz financial approval, all of the following: Premium I Package: heated front seats, Harman/Kardon sound system with Dolby 5.1, Sirius Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 interface, split folding rear seats, power drivers seat and steering column, iPod/MP3 media interface cable, four-way lumbar support, 17-inch five twin-spoke wheels, automatic transmission, sunroof, Bluetooth and taxes, complete to drive away in. Normally this could cost a buyer approximately $19,000. However, at this theatrical auction, the winning bidder could save thousands of dollars. Come prepared to be astonished and place your bid and save a large amount of money on this item.
Also available is Bint Chloette, a bronze sculpture created and produced in 1987. This is a limited edition 1/25 by artist Snell Johnson. Johnson sculptured the MGM’s Grand Lion, created in 1997, and is 45 feet tall, 50 feet wide and weighs 50 tons. It is said to be the largest bronze sculpture monument in the Western Hemisphere. Bint Chloette will be a prize possession for any collector of bronze sculptures.
You must be 18 years of age or over to register as a bidder and/or attend this show. The terms of sale and attendance are cash or credit card only and a 10 percent buyer premium. There is reserved seating only. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $24 on the day of the show. To purchase tickets, visit www.fauevents.com or call (800) 564-9539.