Clothing covers our bodies, yet exposes our personalities, it protects us from the elements and makes us vulnerable to our choices. It dictates our temperature and maneuvers our comfort. Clothing reacts to our mood, and composes our emotion. It is a statement of who we are and who we want to be. It is how we interact with other people without ever saying a word. An auction is the time and place to celebrate these things.
This auction has been a dream of mine for some time. Both to become an auctioneer and to bring people together to celebrate style. I am a big fan of clothes. I collect a lot of vintage, follow new brands and love to support makers and creators of all kinds. Evolving as a designer has opened me up to the vast world of fashion and clothing. It exists in a unique intersection between art and commerce which inevitably builds culture and constantly pushes the outward lines. The energy behind this is intoxicating, and so; what moment could encompass all of these feelings? An old (new) fashioned clothing auction.
Auctions have been around for centuries in many forms. They have sold land, fish, cars, etc… But the kind that attract me the most are fine art auctions. A moment where the people have a chance to obtain the world’s rarest goods and most coveted works of art. Like the infamous Modigliani painting “NU COUCHÉ” which fetched a whopping $157 million! Although the clothing at this event will be a hair lower in value…the excitement and pageantry will be just as rich.
October 21st will be a night to remember. 40 pieces have been collected: all styles, genders, sizes, and stories. Every pieces is certified one-of-a-kind. That means every piece was picked, made, and produced for this event to give you things that you will not get anywhere else. In addition, there will be vendors selling from curated collections including The Golden Pearl, Latitude MPLS, Prairie Lacrosse vintage, Ouecha and Moth Oddities. Hosted at the stunning Able brewing and Seedhouse in NE Minneapolis.
But how does it work?
Bidders will register for a paddle. That will be your bidding number. You will be able to see and try on all pieces (“lots”) as well as have all the information about them ahead of time. The auction will begin at 7:30 pm. (Paddle registration will close at 7:20) Each of the lots will be modeled on stage and the bidding will commence. The price will start low and quickly go up. To place a bid, all you have to do is raise your paddle and your bid is in. Pay attention to where the price is, but also pay attention to who else is bidding. Bidding will hit a point where the lot is almost sold and the auctioneer will call for any last bids. Then WHAM!! The hammer comes down and you, my friend, have won your item. You may bid on as many lots as you want. At the end of the auction you will pay the cashier and collect your bounty.
There will be a 15% buyer’s premium that is added to to every auction purchase. For example, if a piece sells at a hammer price of $100, you would pay a $115 total.
Dinosaur Hampton was created to celebrate style, free people to make choices they otherwise wouldn’t, help them find joy in the things they wear and inspire them to invest in quality garments made with love. On October 21st, arrive with an open mind and a quick hand, because you’re always one bid away from anything you want.
Sincerely, Benjamin Kelly