An online auction to help preserve an iconic piece of world heritage – St Paul’s Anglican Pro Cathedral in Valletta – will go live between September 30 and October 15.
Hosted by Belgravia Auctioneers, the international, online, timed auction features lots donated from all over the world – including Malta, the UK, the US and Australia. All proceeds raised through this unique event will support the Save The Valletta Skyline Appeal as it reaches its final stages.
The auction’s catalogue contains a carefully curated collection that goes well beyond the ordinary. Lots include exclusive stays at top-tier establishments like the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux and The Phoenicia Hotel in Malta, and the Michelin 3-star Waterside Inn in the UK, a private tour of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, a luxury round trip on a private flight from Malta to Rome aboard a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, a week’s stay for eight people at a lavish Majorcan villa, dinner for 12 in one of Manhattan’s most legendary and sumptuous apartments, or a full-day boat charter aboard a Sunseeker Manhattan 70, followed by dinner in the luscious gardens of Palazzo Parisio.
Likewise, life-changing opportunities may be won at the auction, such as exclusive internships in the dynamic worlds of film, business and architecture – including a placement at the Malta branch of Hollywood SFX powerhouse Stargate Studios.
Bidders also have the chance to snap up an exclusive signed and dedicated McLaren F1 sketch by its designer Peter Stevens, exclusive VIP tickets to major sporting events such as the much-anticipated Goodwood Revival 2024, a superb selection of antiques and jewellery – and so much more.
All funds raised through this unmissable event support a hugely worthy cause. The Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal is close to reaching its €9 million target; and the auction will provide a thrilling way to raise the last of the funds needed to finish the restoration works to the belltower, spire and stonework of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, a vital part of Valletta’s iconic and historic skyline. Towering 200 feet tall, the cathedral is one of only three in Europe of the Anglican Diocese of Gibraltar and is even listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.
Since the Appeal’s launch in 2017, the Appeal has attracted an impressive list of followers and fundraisers, including historian and author James Holland, novelist and round-the-world yachtswoman Claire Francis, historian and author Sir Max Hastings, musical theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh and even members of the British Royal Family.
“This two-week-long online auction will mark the fun, exciting and very fitting final stage of the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal,” says Lady Stephanie Laing, on behalf of the driven and dedicated voluntary team organising this part of the Appeal. “Main committee members have worked hard and passionately to keep the Appeal going over the years and we hope this auction will provide a successful concluding event. Hearty thanks to all those across the world who have now so generously donated such extraordinary lots to be auctioned. We also thank potential bidders: every bid you place, every lot you win, contributes directly to the Save The Valletta Skyline Appeal, not only adding to your life’s experiences but also helping to safeguard a legacy in Malta that belongs to everyone.”