The live auction is one of the major highlights of the Swiss Red Cross Ball in Geneva. Fortunate buyers can win themselves exceptional lots, priceless experiences and unique opportunities. So get caught up in the auction fever and up the ante! The auctionners Simon Kidston and Hugh Edmeades will be more than happy to take action!
Simon KidstonAuctioneer at Kidston SA
Simon Kidston, aged 50, is known around the world as a multilingualclassic carcommentator and columnist, consultant and entrepreneur, plus –more recently –a producer of short, intriguingly evocative films on the greatest classic cars.
Above all, however, he is recognised as a deeply knowledgeable adviser on the purchase and sale of rare classics. The company Simon founded in 2006, Kidston SA, has been responsible for the sale of some of the world’s highest-value motor cars. Simon developed this knowledge through an early working life in the auction world, co-founding Geneva-based Brooks (latterly Bonhams) Europe and staging some of the most glamourous classic car sales ever seen.
Hugh EdmeadesAuctioneer at Christie's
Hugh took his first auction for Christie’s in 1984 and has since conducted 2,500 more, selling some 310,000 lots for a total sum of £2.6 billion. He has sold 300 lots in excess of £1 million. The highlight of his career in the rostrum came in Hong Kong in November 2014 when he sold a 15th Century Chinese Imperial embroidered silk Thangka for HK$348 million (£28.9 million), the world record for any Chinese work of art, sold by an international auction house.
Hugh has auctioned works of art from a number of historic collections including those of H.R.H. the late Princess Margaret, the Spencer collections at Althorp, the Elizabeth Taylor Collection in New York and most recently, chattels from the estate of Margaret Thatcher.
Hugh is a much sought-after auctioneer for high profile national and international charity auctions and throughout his career has conducted over 750 sales raising in excess of £89 million for numerous charitable causes.
In 2006 Hugh was appointed as Christie’s International Auctioneer. In 2016, he became an independent freelance auctioneer, whilst being retained by Christie’s as their International Auctioneer.
In addition to the official charity auction, we provide our guests with yet more opportunities to give themselves and their loved ones something special while supporting the Swiss Red Cross. Throughout the evening, exclusive and beautiful items are waiting to be purchased directly at their table. The silent auction lots are displayed individually in the foyer or on screen with details and can be bid for directly through Ipads.