The April 11 Art Ball’s 8 live auction items are living up to this year’s theme — Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait. Each is tailor made for the art lover. They range from far away locations associated with art to staying near-and-dear for one-of-a-kind opportunities.
In the days leading up to the black-tie gala fundraiser for the Dallas Museum of Art, various packages will be presented for your consideration. It will make things so much easier when Christie’s Hugh Edmeades conducts the live auction, don’t you know!
I’m Frank Sinatra — Modernism In Palm Springs* (Value: $15,000)
Back when Sinatra led the Rat Pack, Liz Taylor was still a blushing bride numerous times and Lucy and Desi were America’s ideal couple, Palm Springs was the hood for Hollywood’s elite. It was the showcase of mid-century architecture with homes boasting clean lines, loads of windows and flat roofs.
Think the beautiful people types sipping cocktails with flawless views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, following afternoons of sitting by pristine pools.
But that was a time when the Art Ball was just getting its start as a fundraiser. Over the years, both Palm Springs and the Art Ball have moved on with the times and flourished.
For two nights the winner of this package will live the good life. No, make that “the very good life.” Instead of a hotel, they’ll stay at Emily and Steve Summer’s more-than-perfect modernistic home that can accommodate six guests and looks out on the golf course.
As if that wasn’t enough, they can either dine in with a dinner catered by the Eldorado Country Club. Or, if they want to venture out and experience the club set, they can settle back on the club’s patio for dinner or head over to the Stone Eagle Country Club with its views of the Coachella Valley.
During the day, they’ll be able to play golf at one of the courses at Eldorado, Stone Eagle, Vintage or Quarry. And, of course, there’s taking in the legendary architecture of the area’s homes and a tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
* Courtesy of Emily and Steve Summers ** Photos provided by the 2015 Art Ball