Fundraising auction results and what I’m currently working on.

Since I’ve been pretty sick over the last week I just now found the time to write a bit about last Sunday’s fundraising auction for the SLSC, which took place in my ballroom (near my main store).

First it seemed as if no one would show up – I was sitting there for quite some time alone with one of my customers, Thomasine Guisse, who was also waiting for the event to begin. Then, Ina Centaur showed up and just a bit later finally the ballroom seemed crowded. *How* crowded I can’t exactly tell because I was pretty busy holding my Elizabethan costume lecture:

Lecture on Historical Costuming by inacentaurdump.

Elizabethan fashion creation lecture on SL by inacentaurdump.

The Rainbow Portrait Dress - did it exist/ by inacentaurdump.

(The pictures were taken by Ina Centaur and can be seen in her photostream. I was too busy with the lecture to take pictures 😉 )

After the lecture, the auction started when our live auctioneer, Auction Hammerer, showed up. At that time, the Rainbow Portrait dress was already at L$ 50,001.

Fundraising auction for the SLSC on 21st of December 2008 by you.

Fundraising auction for the SLSC on 21st of December 2008 by you.

Naergilien Wunderlich at the Fundraising auction for the SLSC on 21st of December 2008 by you.

Naergilien Wunderlich and Auction Hammerer at the Fundraising auction for the SLSC on 21st of December 2008 by you.

Auction Hammerer at the Fundraising auction for the SLSC on 21st of December 2008 by you.

Believe it or not, but the man in the photos who looks a lot like Abraham Lincoln is our live auctioneer, Auction Hammerer – and how he deserves that name by hammering the gown at no less than

L$ 100,000 for the Rainbow Portrait gown!

I was so surprised, happy and confused that I right away stripped down to corset and bloomers (yes I know, not period for Elizabethan but was the best I could come up with ;-)) and handed the gown over to the new owner (and I *DO* sincerely hope that NO ONE took photos of this, *lol*)!
Some people said it’s crazy to pay L$ 100,000 (equalling about US-$ 310) for a virtual dress – something that the winning bidder can never wear in RL.
*Scratches head* – well I personally wouldn’t be able to afford that either. In fact during the auction when the dress was at L$ 70,000, I said that this is the first occasion on which I couldn’t afford to buy one of my own dresses.
However… this virtual dress with the jewelry took two weeks to make – about 80 hours of work; and that’s *real* work, not virtual. And keep in mind that the entire amount went straight to the SLSC, I saw nothing of it on my account. Nevertheless, I say it was worth the work because it benefits my favourite SL theatre company. I also say it was the best Christmas gift I got.

After that it was a few days of recovering for me. At the time of the auction I was still having the flu (though the fever had gone down by that time), but a day earlier I had caught otitis media, which I still have, meaning I’m deaf on one ear (besides the constant beeping I hear on that ear). So I thought I deserved to take a few days off. (And yes I do feel like a whining old woman, thank you.)

Wunderlich? Taking ‚a few days off‘? Not possible… ah yes, right. Of course I did a few things – up in my skybox, though. Like – working on a new gown. Namely – this one:

Making of 'Madame de Pompadour', Part 1 Making of 'Madame de Pompadour', Part 2 Making of 'Madame de Pompadour', Part 3 Making of 'Madame de Pompadour', Part 4

(you can click the photos and will then be taken to my Flickr pages, where you can see larger versions of them and also read what exactly you see in the pictures).

Yes, Naergi is doing Madame de Pompadour’s famous teal dress. Estimated finishing time: No idea, but would love to have it finished before New Year’s Eve.

Comments? As always appreciated 😉

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