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Whitireia bling goes under the hammer

Sep 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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JEWELLERY lovers can buy the work of future Cartiers and Faberges next month – and probably pay just a few hundred dollars for it.

National Radio presenter Kim Hill will preside over an auction of items made by Whitireia Bachelor of Applied Arts jewellery students on October 1.

Pieces are expected to fetch between $100 and $400.

Now in its fourth year, the auction raises money to help produce the student catalogue, copies of which go to libraries, industry members and collectors around the world.

This is the second year Ms Hill will act as auctioneer.

Whitireia Community Polytechnic jewellery tutor Peter Deckers says Ms Hill is a “natural entertainer” with a keen interest in the students’ work.

“She carried everything from beginning to end last time. It’s an honour to score her again this year.”

Thirty pieces, including a brooch donated by Auckland designer and Whitireia workshop tutor Olivia Cook, will be open for bidding.

Julia Middleton, in her final year of a Bachelor of Applied Arts, has three items in the show and says seeing her work go under the hammer will be difficult.

“After long hours of experimentation you do become attached to your objects,” she says.

But the pay-off is having a piece of work showcased in the catalogue, which she calls a “jumping off point” for future careers.

Mr Deckers hopes this year’s auction will be as well attended as 2008 when $5000 was raised in two hours.

The auction starts at 6.30pm at Whitireia City Campus in Cuba Mall. Viewing will be available all day.

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