A Martha Stewart auction

Martha Stewart’s benefit tag sale evolves into a Benefit Shop online auction

On June 15, The Benefit Shop Foundation in Mount Kisco will be auctioning off Martha Stewart.

No, not the actual domestic diva – although wouldn’t it be great to buy a day with Martha and have her make you an elaborate dinner party, redo your shelves, closets and drawers and tell you everything that’s wrong with the color scheme in your guest room. Rather, this is a special June 15 auction of Stewart goodies that will benefit the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Bronx.

It all started with the Great American Tag Sale, held on Stewart’s Katonah estate April 23 and 24 on behalf of the center. The hot $250 tickets were snatched up by the likes of Kris Jenner, along with other celebrities and designers. Among the attendees – Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop, which runs auctions from items donated and consigned to her gallery, with profits going to local charities. Stone bought out Stewart’s vintage poster collection, which came from Stewart’s Maine home, originally built for and furnished by Edsel Ford. Stewart and Stone got to talking at the tag sale about their shared interests, and the end result was Stone went home with a lot more than just posters. At the weekend’s end, she and her team packed up seven truckloads of items.

“I came here to shop the tag sale and was thrilled to be able to assist Martha in extending the fundraising reach of her tag sale by expanding it into an auction,” Stone said. “We share a passion for philanthropy, and Martha told me that she was delighted that I could take her items and give them a global audience in our online auction.”

Among the items from Stewart’s homes in Katonah, Westport and East Hampton to be auctioned are farmhouse-style furniture that she personally painted, brightly colored braided rugs and myriad objects for the home she has designed and sold through her brands, ranging from kitchenware to DIY goods. And, of course, that collection of vintage posters.

For more, call 914-864-0707 and visit here.

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