How to Become an Online Auction Whiz

Freda A. Nix

For some design enthusiasts, padding their home in the same prints and ceramics speckled across Instagram interiors just won’t do. Enter the online auction, a veritable treasure trove of unique objects d’art, furniture, and decor that, if approached with some tact, can yield big design buys at less-than-retail prices.

“At auction you can often find better quality pieces for significantly lower prices to traditional retail stores,” says Robert Khederian, a real estate broker with Compass, who is also an auction aficionado.

The act of bidding on an item sight unseen may sound intimidating, but with these helpful tips in mind, you too can be scoring big in no time.

Know what to look for and where

Auction aggregator websites like Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, and Bidsquare make it easy to peruse lots for sale from auction houses across the country. They also tell you where those houses

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What Is the Design Unites Auction? Win Freebies from Bobby Berk, Jonathan Adler, and Other Design Stars

Freda A. Nix

Imagine getting 30 minutes to ask Bobby Berk all your burning design questions—or having Mark D. Sikes help you set up for a garden party. Or how about a one-on-one social media lesson with Justina Blakeney? Good news: These can all be yours, for the price of a donation to Habitat for Humanity. It’s all part of the Design Unites auction, a special charity sale that the Hearst Luxury Design Collection (that’s VERANDA as well as our sister brands Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Town & Country) is putting on to raise money for Habitat for Humanity New York City, the housing nonprofit whose fundraisinglike many organizations—has taken a hit during coronavirus. Money raised will specifically benefit Habitat’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Response Fund.

Jonathan Adler has donated a signed, original vase to the sale.

Kathryn Wirsing

The sale, which launches today on Charitybuzz, includes around 20 lots featuring

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This gorgeous Beverly Hills mansion in celebrity-packed neighborhood heads for auction

Freda A. Nix

A 10,600-square-foot, ivy-covered Beverly Hills mansion in a neighborhood filled with celebrities is going to auction next month, having previously been listed for $20.5 million.

With six bedrooms, seven baths, a master suite with fireplace and two balconies, a library and an office, the estate is walking distance to Rodeo Drive’s shops and restaurants. The neighborhood has leafy, curvy streets and expensive homes that have attracted famous residents, such as Donna Reed, Dean Martin, Courtney Cox and Shirley MacLaine, over the years.

“Behind intricate carved gates, drama and romance beckon,” according to the official listing.

The home at 715 North Alpine Drive sits on a little over a half-acre. It is entered through a grand, bright white modern foyer with a dramatic, curved staircase and sculpted railing. The decor features rich dark mahogany-wood floors and white walls. There are vaulted ceilings, French doors and large windows that take in lush

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