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Through the Fire Auction

Visit the Through the Fire Auction

The centerpiece of Hillwood’s annual spring fundraising benefit is always the beautiful auction. Following last year’s success, the 2022 auction will be online. This highly curated 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 Monday, March 7 and close at 9 p.m. on the evening of Through the Fire on Wednesday, March 16. 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

  • Kristine Mays Sculpture: beautiful chorus
    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 – beautiful chorus – to your own home or garden.
  • Private Hillwood Tours and Floral Workshop
  • Sea Cloud Cruise for Two, Caribbean, March 3-10, 2023
    Encounter the treasure islands and colorful underwater worlds of the Lesser Antilles abroad the Sea Cloud. Sea Cloud’s life story is more thrilling than some novels. She was built as the private yacht for Marjorie Merriweather Post who shaped the Sea Cloud’s character.
  • Chris Antemann Print: Caught in an Act of Impropriety
    Chris Antemann is an Oregon-based artist known for her work inspired by 18th-century porcelain figurines, who created two porcelain centerpieces for display in Hillwood's dining and breakfast rooms. This print, an image of the artist proof, is edition 5/10.
  • Full Subscription for Two for the 2022-2023 Season of The Washington Ballet
  • Miles River Cruise aboard Winnie Estelle for 20
    Enjoy a cruise for up to 20 guests on the scenic Miles River aboard the historic 1920s Winnie Estelle buyboat.
  • Two Tickets to Opening Night of American Prophet at Arena Stage with Valet Parking
  • Dinner for Two at The Inn at Little Washington
    Dining at The Inn has been likened to a performance with the guest always playing the star role. The Inn’s dining rooms are pure fantasy – a wondrous cocoon of luxury.
  • Washington Capitals Jersey #92 (red) signed by Evgeny Kuznetsov
  • Private Event for Ten and $250 Gift Card at Scout & Molly's Boutique
    Equipped stylists at every Scout & Molly’s store choose from a variety of styles and silhouettes to help customers feel beautiful in their clothing.
  • Herend Tureen and Platter in the American Wildflowers Pattern
  • Tiffany & Co. Color Block “Tea for Two” Set
  • Dinner for Five with the Ambassador from New Zealand


Contact Allison Kingery at 202.243.3974 or for more information. 

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Through the Fire are available and can be purchased by clicking here.

Auction Donors
Chris Antemann and Ferrin Contemporary • Arena Stage • Amy Ballard • Ambassador Rosemary Banks, New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S. • Embassy of Bulgaria • Marie Carr • Casafina Living • Chariots For Hire • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum • Timothy Corrigan • DC Design Tours • Denchfield Landscaping & Nursery, Inc. • DOYLE, Auctioneers & Appraisers • George Washington’s Mount Vernon • Greenbrier Hotel Corporation • Benedict Hastings • Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens • Embassy of Hungary • iconsDC • The Inn at Little Washington • JACKIE • Kristine Mays • La Ferme Restaurant • Albert Lee • Embassy of Luxemburg • Martin's Herend Imports, Inc. • Neiman Marcus Tysons Corner • Marcia Nirenstein • Dr. and Mrs. Michael Notarianni • Opera Maine • Scout & Molly's Reston • The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner • Sea Cloud Cruises • Dr. Nickolai Talanin • Tiffany & Co. • Donna Turlinski • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts • The Washington Ballet • Washington Capitals • Douglas Reid Weimer, Esq. • Allan Woods • Diane Zyats

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