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Synagogue Antiques Auction Will Offer Amazing Items

Jan. 31, 2007 – The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas will hold its 8th Annual Antiques, Art and Collectibles Auction at noon, Sunday, Feb. 11, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.
The live auction has 150 items. About half of them are furniture–primarily West Indian antiques gathered by expert collector Philip Sturm, plus some fine contemporary pieces. Other items include jewelry, wine, champagne, older European paintings and prints, new paintings, lamps, Oriental rugs and great getaways. And the piece de resistance is a classic 1976 Porsche 914 in mint condition – truly a collector's collectible.
Previews of all auction items will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Feb. 11. Sale tables open at 10 a.m., too. A Silent Auction with 50-plus items will end between 2 and 3 p.m., Sunday.
For an advance peek at items in the live and silent auctions, go to www.synagogue.typepad.com. For complete lists of items in both auctions, go to www.onepaper.com/synagogue.
Bruce Wilson of St. Croix is again the auctioneer. Brian Katz, formerly of the Old Stone Farmhouse and now executive chef of the Yacht Haven Grande restaurants, will provide the food. Master baker Iris Horwitz will offer desserts.
Proxy bidding is available, as is shipping. For information call 774-4312.
Live auction highlights:
· Two four-poster beds, a rare Satinwood armoire, a tilt-top table and two pie safes.
· Four antique watches (two Waltham pocket watches and two wristwatches), an old Jaeger traveling alarm clock, and a lady's Rolex "Cellini Danaos" watch.
· A diamond spray brooch from the 1930s-40s, plus a Star of David pendant-and-earring set from the same period. And serious "bling" from Diamonds International, Cardow, H. Stern, Jewels and Bernard Passman, among others.
· Two old campaign folding chairs, a planter's chair, four rockers, a caned steamer chair and several Art Deco pieces.
· Commissions for several paintings of various sizes by acclaimed St. Thomas artist Shansi Miller.
· Cases of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle champagne and Veuve Cliquot Brut Rose champagne, plus a fabulous mixed case of fine wines.
· Antique Danish pine chests and china cabinets.
· Four Oriental rugs.
· Dinner for eight at Trevista, the beautiful home of Susan Lugo and George Dudley, prepared and served by the Dudleys, Brunts and Feuerzeigs. Includes champagne, wine and gratuities.
· For Valentine's Day, a mystery Sweetheart Box, with old and new treasures worth more than $3,000.
The Silent Auction features prints, paintings, furniture, flatware, books, orchids and gift certificates for dinners, massages, spa treatments and other services.
For photos of various items, see www.synagogue.typepad.com or call Penny Feuerzeig at 774-9316,

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