Lots worth £2,500 each include a day with Sir Ben Ainslie coach
AUCTION lots worth £2,500 each will go under the hammer on Thursday as one of Cornwall’s most iconic museums looks forward to the next decade as custodian of the county’s maritime heritage.
The high-end prizes have been donated by local celebrities, artists and businesses to support the National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s (NMMC) goal of raising £4 million over the next 10 years.
As part of its tenth year celebrations, the museum is selling 23 lots, ranging from £45 up to a staggering £2,500 each.
The top three donated prizes are an original painting by Alexander Cresswell, a week’s stay at the 19th Century Trewidden House in Penzance and a day’s training with the man who coached Sir Ben Ainslie to his forth Olympic gold, Sid Howlett MBE - all of which are expected to fetch £2,500.
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On-line bidding will close at midnight on Wednesday, October 9, and all bids will be taken forward to the live auction that forms part of a Gala Dinner on Thursday.
Also going under the hammer – with a range of £1,500 to £2,000 – is an original painting by British artist Kurt Jackson, as well as a three-night stay at Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher, Isles of Scilly, going for £1,250-£1,600.
One of the lower-end lots is a chance to meet local celebrity chef Nathan Outlaw. The experience includes a kitchen tour at the St Enodoc Hotel and a three-course lunch. The bidding range is £150-200.