Antiques in a good cause

Abbeyfield Antiques Roadshow master of ceremonies Dougal Stevenson (right) shows an example of Celtic garniture as antiques appraiser Barry Forno and artist Pia Davie display her work Surf School St Clair, both of which are among items to be auctioned at
Abbeyfield Antiques Roadshow master of ceremonies Dougal Stevenson (right) shows an example of Celtic garniture as antiques appraiser Barry Forno and artist Pia Davie display her work Surf School St Clair, both of which are among items to be auctioned at a fundraiser at the Otago Golf Club on Sunday for retirement accommodation provider Abbeyfield. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Dust off the family treasures and get them to Dunedin for an appraisal, and maybe an auction, for a good cause.

Abbeyfield Dunedin secretary Margy-Jean Malcolm said the Abbeyfield Antiques Roadshow at Otago Golf Club on Sunday would be ''a feast of beautiful and quirky objects and fun personalities, in a beautiful setting''.

The fundraising event for Abbeyfield was based on the British television show Antiques Roadshow.

People could buy a ticket to the event and bring in items to be assessed, share their stories and have the option of having them auctioned for a commission on the sale price.

At the event, master of ceremonies Dougal Stevenson would tell the stories about the items on offer.

Assessing the items at the ''roadshow'' event would be antiques appraiser Barry Forno, antiques enthusiast Jennifer Hopkinson and former auction house owner Kevin Hayward.

Harcourts Dunedin manager Richard Stringer would run the auction.

Some of the items to be auctioned included chamber pots, a French marble clock, a magnum of 1981 cabernet sauvignon, a Rolleiflex camera and a large bronze Japanese incense burner.

Some items were newer than others, including a promised pledge of freshly caught whitebait.

Several Dunedin businesses had also given items for the fundraiser.

The money raised would allow Abbeyfield Dunedin to enable retirees to enjoy affordable housing, while remaining socially connected and independent.

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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