Silent Auction

Please help by donating to our Silent Auction. Don’t be shy; be creative! We’ve had art, furniture, gift-certificates, and even chocolate body paint in the past. Donation listing will be tiered according to their value and all donors will be listed on Silent Auction promotional materials, and on the event website. The levels are as follows:

- Tea bag – item(s) valued up to $150
- Loose tea – item(s) valued from $151 to $500
- Jaeger Tea – item(s) valued from $501 to $999, will receive 2 tickets to the event
- Long Island Iced Tea – item(s) valued over $1,000, will receive 4 tickets to the event.

Thank you in advance—your donation of a Silent Auction item provides help for our friends and neighbors with HIV and AIDS in need of emergency assistance. Please complete the attached form and attach it to your item. We ask that all donations be received by October 8th.

Download the Item Request form to include with your item.

Sneak preview of silent auction items. If yours is the winning bid:

Executive Physical Examination

Valued at over $3,000, this executive day of health may be exactly what you’ve been needing. Relax in luxury while the specialist physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin assess your level of health and guide you to a livelier future grounded in better health. Based on your health history and condition, testing and recommendations will be tailored to your health needs. See brochure for all details

Minimum bid $1200

Take a Trip on Mobilejets!

Ride along in comfort that surpasses the first class section on a jet plane. Mobilejets provides you with your own traveling conference room. Go to the website for a complete description of this unique experience. No need to check in, go through security or find a parking place with Mobilejets, and the flight attendant is there to attend to all your needs.

Valued at $250.00 per hour, this in-town service will take you around Austin for 4 hours swathed in luxury.

Teapot set

There’s no better way to commemorate all the fun you and your friends have had at OctoTea through the years than with a beautiful stainless steel? Michael Graves for Alessi tea service set! This limited edition collection features a serving tray, tea kettle, creamer, and sugar bowl – complete with 2 organic teas. Afternoon tea has never looked so fabulous!

Donor: Extraordinaire

Value: $695
Minimum Bid: $250

Lake View

Weekend Lakehouse

Donor: Terri Baccus
Value: $1,000
Minimum bid: $450

Your weekend in May could be spent enjoying this three bedroom, three bath waterfront lake house located just a short one hour drive from Austin. Spend your day swimming, fishing, or just working on your tan. Inside play a game of pool, ping pong or relax on the upstairs deck with a bottle of wine with your closest friends. By yourself or with a group, a weekend at Lake LBJ will help you forget about the stress of work and daily life. View the full set of photographs (PDF, 8MB).

Joan Miro

(1893-1983) was a Catalan painter known primarily for his whimsical and lyrical brand of surrealism. Brightly colored and gestural, Miro's work brings to mind childlike dreams full of amorphous creatures. Yet his surrealist fantasies are couched in the irreverent, the experienced and the bold. Miro consciously pursued a style free from any singular demarcation. He disliked critics and valued his independence. His work exhibits the free-form impulses of automatic writing, the color of formal abstraction, the otherworldly atmosphere of surrealism and the vigor of expressionism. A lifetime of exploration led to experiments in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking, of which La Demi-Mondaine à Sa Fenêtre and Le Ramoneur Salace, exhibited here, are typical examples from later in his career.

Like many artists born in the nineteenth century and ending their lives well into the twentieth, Miro’s art was eclectic and evolving. He not only witnessed change, from the industrial revolution to the space age, but embodied it with his progressive style. At first glance, Miro is confusing, ungrounded and dreamlike. On closer inspection, he is as familiar as a smile or as suggestive as a nod. He allows the viewer to be both playful and mature. Both La Demi-Mondaine á Sa Fenêtre and La Ramoneur Salace reveal Miro’s puckish complexity.
Graydon Parrish

Le Ramoneur Salace or The Lewd Chimney Sweep

Le Ramoneur Salace or The Lewd Chimney Sweep

The lithograph Le Ramoneur Salace or The Lewd Chimney Sweep from the mid 1970s depicts a swirl of black and a field of primary colors. Multiple eye-like shapes peer out, obscured partly by sooted swirls. Harlequin patterns filter out among washes of brown-grey. Grainy arabesques created by the lithograph pencil reinforce and finish the vortex. It is hard to say exactly the direction Miro intended for this image since chimney sweeps have symbolized both misfortune and luck. Without the light-hearted palette, checkered with blue, red and green, one would surely guess the former. But there is something boisterous about the image. One can imagine inebriation, a licorice celebration after a hard day: a laborer’s reprieve. So, it seems that Miro might be offering a contradiction. Like other surrealists, his is partly a language of dreams; and from this perspective the ribald and the constrained can exist simultaneously, illogically woven together.

La Demi-Mondaine à Sa Fenétre or The Mistress at Her Window

La Demi-Mondaine à Sa Fenétre or The Mistress at Her Window

Simple lines and washes step across the paper from bottom to top. An arch of green balances a branch of red. Three colored shapes buttress a constellation of celestial apparitions. Here again Miro’s taste for whimsy leaves one grasping for any subject, much less a sexual one proposed by the title. Yet it was not unusual for artists to depict famous mistresses favorably, often painting them in luxurious surroundings. This could be a clue. With his sybaritic palette of chromatic hues, Miro might indeed be honoring this tradition. We can imagine a refined and fêted woman waiting for the return of her lover. However, during the twentieth century, women gained financial and social independence, so perhaps Miro is giving her a more modern raiment, one of upright pride, a fortified presence or a choice, perhaps? Of course, Miro leaves the viewer perplexed yet visually delighted.

For information or item pickup contact:
Paul Albright • 1-512-826-9533 •

Or mail or drop off your items at:
Alori Properties • 409 West 38th Street, #102, Austin 78705
(Just East of Guadalupe) • 454-4663 • Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri and 10am-3pm Sat