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Auction Network to Broadcast Pilchuck Auction
By: Kip Toner ~ 10/20/2008


Pilchuck Glass School auctioneer Kip Toner announced today a major advancement in benefit auctions. The Auction Network will broadcast live on the internet the Pilchuck Glass School benefit auction on Thursday, October 30, 2008 starting at 7:00 PM (PDST).


The Pilchuck benefit auction is widely regarded as the premier glass auction in the world.  Over 800 guests and artists will attend, some having travelled from as far away as Europe and Asia. More than 300 contributed original pieces of glass art are offered at a gala reception and dinner held in the Seattle Westin Hotel.  Contributing artists include Dale Chihuly, this year’s honoree, and many of the world’s grand masters in glass.  All proceeds go to the Pilchuck Glass School. 

The public is invited to make a reservation and attend the auction in person or participate in the auction via the AuctionNetwork.com on the internet.  There is no fee to sign on and both see and hear the live auction in real time as well as preview the glass.   Bids are accepted over the internet.

Toner said, “This is the first time in Seattle’s history that the public can both see and hear a live benefit auction and bid in real time.  If you are at home, on your boat, across the street attending another celebration, or anywhere you have access to the internet, even through your Blackberry, you can participate in the live auction.” 

The Auction Network  broadcasts auctions 24/7, telling the interesting stories about people who sell items at auction and those who buy items at auction.  For the Pilchuck Glass School benefit auction, Auction Network host Tava Smiley will be interviewing on site both artists who have contributed glass pieces and auction guests who are beginning or experienced glass collectors.

Kip Toner added, “While it is a pioneering step this year to have the Pilchuck Glass School benefit auction live on the internet, plans call for the auction to be live on television next year, and that will be yet another huge innovation in benefit auctions.”  Participate in this historic moment via Pilchuck.com, AuctionNetwork.com, or KipTonerBenefitAuctions.com.