Showing real creativity in fund raising for its charities, the International Womenâs Club held its first ever art auction in October, at the Hungarian Cultural Centre. Eleven pieces of art were auctioned, all but one of which achieved its starting bid price.
Katalin Diossi, the IWC charities co-chair displayed amazing flair as â¨an auctioneer. Â She confidently and charmingly encouraged the bidding to ever higher levels. The IWC will have to watch that she doesnât get hijacked by a professional auction house.
Some pieces spiraled upwards for three or more times the startingÂ price. The auction had all the tension and pressures of a London art auction in miniature. Tense bidding battles between the ladyâ¨in red and the gentleman in the third row led to gasps and rounds of applauds. All was in good faith however, as everyone knew that the higher the bidding goes, the more the very real people who the IWCâs charities help, will benefit from the 121,500 roubles which was raised at the auction.
Hats off to the artists who contributed a painting each to the auction, and to the IWC for sheer creativity.