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 Kidston

Auctioneer 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 Edmeades

Auctioneer 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.


Live Auction lot 1 01

VIP experience with the Swiss National Football Team

Live the true footballer’s dream from beginning to end. Fly with the Swiss National Football Team on their team plane, attend a match in the VIP section of the stadium and receive a team jersey signed by the entire football club. This unbelievable experience comes with a two-night stay in a hotel close to the football match venue. Make it yours! Note: The exact itinerary can only be defined towards the end of the year following the drawing of the Euro Qualification Groups.

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Dive into the heart of the 17th Century and experience the Grand Siècle

Thanks to the business jet provided by Albinati Aeronautics, dive into an idyllic setting where classic elegance meets absolute refinement. Laurent-Perrier is proud to receive you in the intimate and very exclusive Château de Louvois. A team of experts mastered in the art of French hospitality will take you on a tour of the Château and its gardens. The experience continues with a tasting of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Champagnes accompanied by an exquisite gastronomical dinner. The following morning, immerse yourself in all aspects of champagne making with a visit of the prestigious “Caves de Laurent-Perrier” in Tours-sur-Marne before heading back to reality around midday. For this exceptional experience, M. Stefan Albinati will fly the six passengers in its new and very comfortable Citation Latitude jet. Albinati Aeronautics, your unrivaled and dependable partner for your private business and leisure flights.

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Exclusive piece of art offered by Opera Gallery

Let’s be surprised!

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“Merveilles Icicle” long pendant white gold, 13.20 cts of rubies and 6.49 cts of diamonds

Exclusively Designed for the Swiss Red Cross Ball High-Jewelry House Boghossian takes innovative craftsmanship to a new level of intricacy and sophistication with its latest technique and collection – “Les Merveilles”. The extraordinary “Merveilles” mounting allows precious stones to be set on all four sides, on a nearly invisible metal frame. This grants the uninterrupted flow of light from one gem to the next, magnifying their brilliance. “Merveilles Icicle”, here reinterpreted in a long pendant, is set with diamonds and rubies, the elongated modern shape creating a contemporary understated elegance.

CHF 54’000.-
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Roger Dubuis “Excalibur” rose gold watch

This exclusive Roger Dubuis timepiece in rose gold is Geneva seal certified. It has a stunning stone dial and is limited to 188 pieces worldwide. Be one of the select few!

CHF 39’600.-
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Welcome to Rwanda! Private Villa at Lake Kivu

This Rwandan experience begins in Amsterdam, where you will fly business class to Kigali. Upon arrival, you will be comfortably escorted to the luxurious Kigali Marriott hotel for a night of rest. The true adventure then begins with a pick up at dawn the next day to the Virungas, home of the famous mountain gorillas. You will track, watch and spend time with these gentle, human-like creatures in their natural habitat. Following this, you will be driven along scenic roads of Rwanda to the Gahiga Villa on the shores of Lake Kivu (3 times the size of Lac Léman). Once there, you will spend 7 nights in a fully staffed 5 star retreat: explore the lake and its islands by boat, sunbathe beside the pool or hike the beautiful trails. Whatever your pleasure, its all waiting for you! On your last day, you will be driven to Akagera Park for a final Safari before being escorted back to the airport. Note: This incredible experience includes 2 return Business Class tickets on KLM from Amsterdam, 1 night at the Marriott Kigali and 7 nights at the Gahiga Villa (sleeps 8 persons max).

Live Auction lot 7 07

Swiss Red Cross: Technical equipment for hospitals

Hospitals in countries like Nepal, Ghana, Togo, Mali or Kyrgyzstan are always in need of modern technical equipment, especially when it comes to eye surgery. In these countries the Swiss Red Cross focuses on eye care and provides all kinds of medical equipment and supplies. For example, operating microscopes or lens masters with ultrasound (these are used for detailed assessment pre-surgery).

CHF 50’000.-
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Swiss Red Cross: Donate a classroom

Apart from good health, our greatest concern for the children of this world is education. The future of all children is dependent on quality education, one each child should have the right to. In the civilized world, education is a given, in places like Nepal too many children have never seen a classroom, much less know how to read and write. The Swiss Red Cross addresses this problem in Nepal by aiding the local population to build schools. This is your opportunity to make a difference in several children’s lives by donating a classroom for them to learn in. The future belongs to the children; lets help them make it a bright one!

CHF 20’000.-
Live Auction lot 9 09

Geneva Red Cross: Volunteers to accompany children in hospital for long term and short term care

This local project in Geneva ensures a caring presence for hospitalized children by never leaving them alone: far from home, every child can rely on the protective support of volunteer aids at all times to help them overcome the healing process, pain and fear. A group of regular voluteers take turns at their bedside. The volunteers all receive specific training to provide the most appropriate protective support in these delicate moments of life. The value of this lot corresponds to the annual budget of the program.

CHF 15’000.-
Signed-Guitar - Craig-David 40

Craig David’s exclusive signed acoustic guitar

A signed acoustic guitar used in Craig David’s recent recording sessions for his latest album – “The Time Is Now”.

Please note – this is a collector’s item and due to previous use may not be in perfect condition


Silent Auction

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.