Live Auction

Experiences to your Art's Content 
A Benefit Auction Celebrating Food, Art, Architecture, and Design 


Thank you to the Modern Ball 2010 Auction donors.

Each auction lot comes with a Spire membership to the Architecture & Design Society, valued at $1,000, which is transferable and makes a great holiday gift. Most of the auction lots include items that can be used on separate occasions. Therefore, read carefully and create your own experience! 


Up the River and through the Modern Wing to Park Hyatt Chicago We Go 

Chicago River, the Art Institute's Modern Wing, and the Park Hyatt Chicago for Six

Discover Chicago's architectural history with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer with a private boat tour on the Chicago River followed by lunch at the Gage's elegant new restaurant Henri. After lunch, enjoy a private curatorial tour of the Modern Wing followed by afternoon coffee at Terzo Piano with the Art Institute's director and president James Cuno and Zoë Ryan, Neville Bryan Curator of Design and Acting John H. Bryan Curatorial Chair of Architecture and Design. Complete your day with dinner for six at NoMI and three one-night Park King room certificates for the Park Hyatt Chicago.

*Create your own Experience! Each of this auction item's components can be redeemed separately and are transferable 

Estimated Value: $4,000–6,000 

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I Didn't Know You Had So Many Friends (… and I Hope I'm One of Them!)

Ultimate Art and Architecture Party for up to 25 

Helyn Goldenberg and Michael Alper will open their East Lake Shore Drive residences to up to 25 guests for an exclusive cocktail party and progressive tour. Explore these wonderful spaces and world-class contemporary art collections, including works by Thomas Struth, Ellsworth Kelly, and Brice Marden, while enjoying hearty hors d'oeuvres from the Entertaining Company and a full bar. 

Estimated Value: $3,000–5,000 

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Drink, Dine… Dash… Dine, Drink… Dash… Sleep

Progressive Dinner and Elysian Extravagance for Four 

Begin with drinks at the Violet Hour, dash to Publican for dinner, continue on to a cheese course at Avec, and finish the evening with dessert at Blackbird. Don't worry about a designated driver; a town car will be yours for the evening. Enjoy two executive suites at the elegant new Elysian Hotel, designed by Lucien LaGrange. Complete your extravaganza with breakfast at Balsan and a private tour. 

*Create your own experience! Each of this auction item's components can be redeemed separately and are transferable. 

Estimated Value: $3,000–5,000 

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Happening Hamburg; Bustling Berlin

Hamburg and Berlin, Germany for Two 

Germany has traditionally been known as the "country of poets and philosophers," but it also pushes the boundaries of architecture and design. You will arrive armed with a generous list of not-to-be-missed spots assembled by Jordan Mozer and Art Institute design curator Zoë Ryan. Fly to Hamburg with two business class tickets on United Airlines. Spend five nights in the East Hotel, created by Jordan Mozer within an old iron foundry and featured in the Art Institute's Young Chicago exhibition. Enjoy dinner for two with wine pairings in the East Dining Room and a massage for two in East's Body and Soul Spa. In Berlin, spend two nights at the Grand Hyatt Berlin, located next to Potsdamer Platz, a complex of 19 buildings created by an international team of architects, led by Renzo Piano, who of course designed our Modern Wing. 

*Create your own experience! Each of this auction item's components can be redeemed separately and are transferable. 

Estimated Value: 15,000–20,000 

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On Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Kohler, and Door County for up to Six 

Start your exploration with a private tour of Milwaukee's North Point District led by Randy Bryant, historic preservationist, president of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, and an authority on this elegant East Side enclave as the owner of many significant homes. The tour includes George Niedecken's Demmer home, the early Frank Lloyd Wright Bogk House, and Teweles collection of art and architectural artifacts, among others. Enjoy three one-night hotel room certificates at the historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, a private curator-led tour of their art collection, and three books on the collection. Visit Kohler, Wisconsin with three one-night hotel room certificates for the American Club, and tour the Kohler Factory and Design Center, including the famed artist-in-residence program. Spend one week in Wisconsin's famed vacation spot—Door County. Stay in a three-bedroom, three and a half–bath, Cape Cod–style home on Lake Michigan, designed and built by Thomas M. Slater of Kahler/Slater Architects for his personal vacation residence. Tour Maarhavn—an art studio, outdoor sculpture park and private contemporary art museum, and enjoy a wine and cheese reception.

*Create your own experience! Each of this auction item's components can be redeemed separately and are transferable. 

Estimated Value: 5,000–7,000

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"Tawk" of the Town

New York City and New Canaan, Connecticut for Two (with Room for up to Six) 

In your hand are two business class seats on a United flight to New York City. Spend two nights at Renaissance Hotel 57, a boutique hotel by Jordan Mozer at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue; two nights at the Renaissance Times Square (also by Mozer) with breakfast for two; and two nights at Hyatt's new Andaz Fifth Avenue. Join Murray Moss for a private exhibition tour at Moss, his important shop which functions as arbiter, advocate, and presenter, as well as gallery, showroom, and salon, and enjoy dinner for two at Balthazar. Spend an afternoon in Philip Johnson's Glass House, and enjoy a private tour of the property in New Canaan, Connecticut. 

*Create your own experience! Each of this auction item's components can be redeemed separately and are transferable. 

Estimated Value: 5,000–7,000 

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Ahhhhhhhhhh, France

Roquebrune Village, Cap Martin, France for up to Ten 

Fly to Nice with two business class seats on United. Spend one glorious week at L'Aumoniere, a magical historic home in Roquebrune, Cap Martin, France, a medieval village in the hills above Monaco. Once a monastery, parts of L'Aumoniere are 900 years old! Enjoy the property yourselves or invite friends to join you; the house and guesthouse comfortably sleep ten. L'Aumoniere is a short distance from Eileen Gray's home, Corbusier's studio, and Cocteau's summer residence (which has elaborate murals throughout), not to mention the Picasso Museum in Antibes, the glass and pottery of Biot, and, of course, nearby Nice and Cannes. Expansive views of the Mediterranean can be taken in from nearly every window, plus the home has extensive gardens and a dipping pool. 

Estimated Value: 20,000–30,000 

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Bay Area Bonanza

San Francisco and Napa Valley for Two 

After a flight to San Francisco with two business class seats on United, enjoy a curator-led private tour of SFMoMA and dinner for two with wine at the legendary Chez Panisse. Spend two nights at the centrally located Hyatt Regency San Francisco and then two nights at Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Napa Valley’s newest luxury hotel and the only LEED Platinum–certified hotel in California. Enjoy the VIP treatment with a private tour, tasting and 4-course, wine-pairing lunch from the Executive Chef at Hess Winery (which houses a notable international contemporary art collection), as well as private tours, tastings and lunches at Chappellet Winery, Raymond Vineyards, and Miner Vineyards. Napa valley is not only full of great food and wine but also wonderful architecture, including work by Herzog and de Meuron, Michael Graves and Frank Gehry. Like to travel light? Owners/designers of the new fashion line Inside/Out, Caren Yusem and Shalini Sharma, will help you select one of their fabulous wrinkle-free, reversible, rinse-in-the-sink dresses to bring along.

*Create your own experience! Each of this auction item's components can be redeemed separately and are transferable. 

Estimated Value: 5,000–7,000 

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I Didn't Know You Had So Many Friends #2

Ultimate Art and Architecture Party for up to 40 

Mark Mamolen will host a party for up to 40 guests with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from the Entertaining Company in his Edgar Miller residence in Old Town, the famed R. W. Glasner House. Heavily featured in the recent book Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home: Chicago's Forgotten Renaissance Man, this home is considered by most to be Edgar Miller's masterpiece. Its multiple levels are filled with a significant collection of Miller's work in a wide range of media, including painting, prints, textiles, drawings, and ceramics, not to mention spectacular stained-glass windows and wood carvings. It also contains wonderful pieces of 20th-century furniture, ceramics, and glass, including pieces by Gustav Stickley, Dirk van Erp, Teco, Fulper, Warren MacArthur, Walter von Nessen, and Walter Dorwin Teague. 

Estimated Value: $3,000–5,000 

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Dining with Dirk

Dinner for Four (plus Dirk) 

Treat yourself to a very special evening at the Choice Table at L20. You will be joined by the restaurant's architect Dirk Denison who will also take you behind the scenes on a tour of the kitchen. Chicago-based Dirk Denison Architects has created a warm modern atmosphere that compliments the cuisine with a blend of natural materials, acute detail, and clean, simple lines. Enjoy a four-course meal with wine pairings created for you by award-winning chef Laurent Gras. Drawn from global influences and executed with modern and traditional cooking techniques, this unique dinner will use the most exquisite fish and shellfish available from around the world. 

Estimated Value: $2,000–3,000 

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John Faier ©2008. All rights reserved. 
Cover of Book, Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home, showing Mamolen Residence 
L20 Main Dining Room 
Elysian Hotel Lobby, Chicago 
East Hotel Interior, Hamburg 
Frank Lloyd Wright's Bogk House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
East Hotel Lobby, NYC 
Monaco, seen from house in Roquebrunne, France 
Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Napa