The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas will hold its 17th annual Antiques, Art and Collectibles Auction on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the MCM Center at Antilles School.
Haven't been to one of our auctions before? You're in for a treat! The Synagogue's annual auction is a mainstay on the island's social calendar, offering a live auction, a silent auction and direct sales at our "flea market" tables. Doors open at 10 a.m., the gavel falls at noon and everything wraps up by about 3 p.m. It's a chance to mix and mingle, eat and drink, snag some bargains and have fun.
The auction is our historic Congregation's only real fund-raiser each year. Proceeds help us maintain our 183-year-old Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark. BTW, our Synagogue is the oldest in continuous use under the American flag and the second-oldest in the Western Hemisphere, behind Curacao.
Proxy bidding is available, and shipping can be arranged for those who can’t be there. Call the Synagogue at 340-774-4312 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s live auction will have 40-plus items -- antique furniture, wine tastings, specialty dinners, original art by Camille Pissarro and Shansi Miller, fabulous jewelry, a rare pair of carved ivory figures, and fun packages that you can't find anyplace else.
The expanded silent auction will include nearly 400 items: new and vintage furniture and jewelry, full sets of china, unusual collectibles, original art, cases of wine, weekend getaways, gift certificates from shops, spas and restaurants...and much more. Silent auction tables open at 10 a.m. and close between 1 and 3:15 p.m.
Previews of all auction items will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, February 21.
Sale tables open at 10 a.m. Sunday and feature jewelry hand-picked by Karen Warhol, former owner of Name Dropper, who has found the latest in France, Italy and New York. Jewelry tables this year will also be laden with old costume jewelry, designer bags and other finds.
Sale tables also offer the usual array of tchotchkes -- glassware, china, crystal, vases, cookware, baskets, frames, etc. -- as well as new and gently used clothing, belts, purses and scarves in our flea market tent.
Special sale tables will feature beautiful pieces by master wood turner Avelino Samuel of St. John, glass beads created by Timisa Cree of St. Thomas and pottery by Jessica Rosenberg.
Our auctioneer this year will be the inimitable George Blackhall, accompanied by the indomitable Leigh Goldman -- trust us, it will be a scene!
Admission is $10 and includes the auction catalogue.
Food and wine will be available all day, with catering again this year by Passion Fruit Chefs.
The mainstays of the 2016 auction are our wonderful, generous sponsors. We are so grateful to all of them:
Baker Magras & Associates
Prior Family Foundation
Dudley, Topper & Feuerzeig
Helen & Larry Goldman
International Capital & Management Co.
St. Thomas Radiology Associates
Theodore Tunick & Co.
Josefina & Ricardo Charaf
Ilene & Mel Miller
Becky & Jim Tunick
Windward Passage Hotel
Please note that some items shown on this website may not be included in the auction. And items not shown here will be included in the live and silent auction.
We invite you to visit our beautiful Synagogue on Crystal Gade in downtown St. Thomas. Approximately 10,000 tourists visit the Synagogue each year, and the 220-year-old Congregation has long played an active and vibrant role in our community, sponsoring concerts, art exhibits, interfaith activities, food drives and other events.