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Her Art's Desire Silent Auction

The centerpiece of Hillwood’s annual spring fundraising benefit is always the beautiful auction. This highly curated online auction includes a delightful selection of fabulous items and unique experiences.

Proceeds from the auction will support Hillwood's work to engage and educate diverse audiences through the beauty and history of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s collections, gardens, and estate. The auction will support the development of innovative new programming, educational opportunities, and special exhibitions.

The online auction will open for bidding on Tuesday, February 7 and close at 9 p.m. on the evening of Her Art's Desire on Tuesday, February 14. Even those who cannot join us in-person for the event will have the opportunity to participate in the online auction and bid on a range of auction items from behind-the-scenes tours to private dinners to luxury vacation opportunities to unique packages and more. 

Auction Highlights

  • 10-Day Cruise for Two on the Sea Cloud Spirit Sea Cloud Spirit
    Travel the seas in the style of Marjorie Merriweather Post, who built the Sea Cloud as her private yacht. Enjoy an adventure aboard the Sea Cloud Spirit, which combines traditional windjammer experience with 21st-century comfort.
  • One-Week Stay in a Private Home in Spiti Lange, Aegina Island, Greece
    Enjoy a week of luxury on the Greek Island of Aegina, surrounded by olive groves and minutes away from the beaches. This gorgeous 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home offers sensational views, a patio and terrace, parking and a private pool!
  • Beth Lipman Sculpture: Cluster #30, 2022Cluster #30 sculpture by Beth Lipman
    Beth Lipman is an American artist whose sculptural practice generates from the Still Life genre. One of her elaborate works will be on view in Hillwood's upcoming exhibition Glass: Art. Beauty. Design. Add this breathtaking glass work to your collection. 
  • Adorned Crown by Kristine Mays 
    Contemporary American artist Kristine Mays breathes life into wire, transforming an industrial product into fascinating and moving works of art. 29 of her wire sculptures danced through Hillwood’s gardens in 2021. Bring this original work–one of May's signature wire crowns–to your own home.
  • Washington Capitals Jersey #8 (White) Signed by Alex Ovechkin
    Are you a true Caps fan? Take home this Washington Capitals jersey signed by superstar Alex Ovechkin, one of the greatest goal-scorers of the 21st century. Show your Caps pride by displaying this #8 jersey in your home or wearing it proudly around town. Let's go Caps!
  • One-Night Stay at the Riggs Hotel in the First Lady SuiteFirst Lady Suite at th Riggs Hotel
    Savor a glamorous staycation at the beautiful Riggs hotel in a suite inspired by the eccentricities of one of the four first ladies. Celebrate your stay with complimentary breakfast for two and cocktails at Silver Lyan
  • Exoskeleton Holiday Tree by Quintece Hill-Mattauszek 
    Enjoy the modern, custom-designed holiday tree created uniquely for Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens by local interior designer, Quintece Hill-Mattauszek! This custom-made gilded metal frame and starburst tree topper evokes the exquisite craftsmanship and intricate detailing found in Post's art collection. Celebrate the holidays with this beautiful tree displayed in your yard or home
  • "Sea Drive" by Slim Aarons Mounted PhotographSea Drive by Slim Aarons
    Style your home with this evocative print from the American lens legend's archive of cool. "Sea Drive" is mounted on acrylic and metal. 
  • Two-Day Getaway to Philadelphia at the W Hotel and Visit to Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Enjoy a two-night visit to the "City of Brotherly Love!" Stay in a fabulous Cool Corner guestroom at the brand-new W Hotel located in Center City, Philadelphia. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and savor brunch or lunch for two guests at Stir Restaurant.