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December 6, 2023

The special Christmas auction for the Airc foundation returns to Florence

The online Time Auction runs until Tuesday 12

On Wednesday 6 December, Pandolfini's Florentine headquarters in Borgo Albizi 26, hosted the special Christmas auction in presence promoted by the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research. An initiative born 38 years ago and which over time has become an unmissable moment to find many original ideas for Christmas. A unique opportunity to choose exclusive gifts and together support the work of 6,000 researchers committed to finding increasingly effective cures for all patients.

Art expert Fausto Calderai and Charlotte Ricasoli accompanied the public to discover the 92 lots in the catalogue, which ranges from art objects, guided tours with experts, stays in exclusive residences and food and wine products of local excellence. Among the most eagerly awaited proposals are the set of 6 silver shell saltcellars surmounted by musician putti, the service of chiselled gilded silver dessert cutlery, the gold pendant with enamel, three small pearls and an amethyst dating back to the end of the 19th century, and some precious furnishings such as the armchairs with curved shaped backs from the second half of the 19th century or the pair of inlaid wall tables.

In addition to the in-person event, the opportunity to find many ideas for next Christmas is confirmed again this year thanks to the online Time Auction already active on and continuing until Tuesday 12 December. 180 lots to meet the most diverse needs: from the pendant with Australian pearl and white gold necklace proposed by Gioielleria Cassetti to exclusive fashion items such as the short camel Teddy cape by MaxMara, the hooded jacket in recycled nylon microfibre by Herno or the hand bag made of cashmere by Kiton.

Lovers of travel and residences of great charm can stay in some exclusive residences such as the villa i Trulli La Pietraia in Ostuni immersed in the olive groves of the Apulian countryside, the Zisola estate where one can enjoy the splendid atmosphere of the baroque Sicily of Noto, or even think of a getaway to Versilia in Forte dei Marmi for a relaxing break thanks to the attentive welcome of Hotel Franceschi. For those who want to organise a unique evening in the heart of Florence, there is the opportunity to win a dinner with a view in the Renaissance Palazzo Gondi. Ballet fans can try to win two coveted tickets for the Madina show starring the etoile Roberto Bolle on stage at the Teatro alla Scala on 9 March 2024. Also included in the lottery is an overnight stay at the Hotel Sina De La Ville. From theatre to football for Fiorentina fans the possibility of discovering curiosities and anecdotes of the brand new Viola Park accompanied by the architect creator of the project Marco Casamonti. While for sculpture lovers an unmissable lesson to learn all the secrets of modelling in clay thanks to the teachings of master Raffaello Romanelli. Some exclusive boxes with beauty products signed Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella or Villoresi are available, and for lovers of good food and wine numerous proposals with the regional excellences of our country. HERE the complete catalogue of the online auction.

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