Birmingham Royal Ballet - Gala Auction

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 2020 was a challenging year for Birmingham Royal Ballet in so many ways. Carlos Acosta joined the Company and had a spectacular repertory planned for the year, only for this to be utterly curtailed by the emergence of Covid-19. 

Our outreach projects were also heavily hit, in particular, Dance Track, a talent identification programme training young dancers aged from six to eight, and Freefall, our well-established and much-admired second company for dancers with severe learning disabilities.

Both of these projects have moved their classes online during the pandemic, but have been unable to perform and train within a studio setting for the last 12 months.

By bidding on our online auction, you will be supporting Birmingham Royal Ballet, and specifically our Learning, Engagement, Access and Participation projects.

Our projects within LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Access and Participation) support Birmingham Royal Ballet's ambitions to be a company connecting with its audiences and communities in its home city of Birmingham, throughout the UK and across the world.

Thank you for your support of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and our LEAP projects. 

The Auction

You may bid on as many lots as you would like, and our auction is open to all.

Bidding is simple – please click on the lot that you are interested in for more information, and enter the amount you would like to bid.  You will be asked to register at the point of placing your first bid.

Bidding on all lots ends at 9.30pm on Saturday 27 March. 

Winners will be informed by email shortly after the close of the Gala and you will be contacted by Birmingham Royal Ballet to arrange how to claim your prize.

Please note: All experience prizes will be taken on a mutually agreed date, deemed safe and appropriate by both parties, and in accordance with Government guidelines. See individual lots for additional information.

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Lot 1
£ 3,220
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Your own personal dance masterclass with Carlos Acosta
Lot 23
£ 420
9
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An original photograph by dancer Lachlan Monaghan
Lot 10
£ 660
24
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'Delia Flying' - an original picture by Conductor Philip Ellis
Lot 17
£ 70
8
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Framed print of original Birmingham Royal Ballet Edward II poster
Lot 18
£ 75
12
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Framed print of original Birmingham Royal Ballet Prince of the Pagodas poster
Lot 5
£ 1,700
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Dinner for four, with dancers, at Purnell's
Lot 16
£ 120
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Framed print of the 1905 and 1957 Aston Villa English Cup winners' signatures
Lot 15
£ 505
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Signed pointe shoes from your favourite dancer
Lot 19
£ 230
15
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Signed copies of three books by Carlos Acosta
Lot 2
£ 910
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Watch a Birmingham Royal Ballet performance from the wings
Lot 14
£ 210
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An amazing driving experience in a Morgan Plus Four racing vehicle
Lot 3
£ 1,000
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Attend the filming of a show trailer
Lot 21
£ 70
8
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The Queen's Houses signed by Alan Titchmarsh
Lot 8
£ 270
5
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An afternoon canal boat experience with Principal Timpanist Grahame King
Lot 4
£ 440
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Personalised shopping experience at Birmingham's Harvey Nichols
Lot 7
£ 520
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A VIP introduction to conducting, with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Paul Murphy
Lot 20
£ 160
8
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£250 voucher for Dans-ez
Lot 6
£ 420
3
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Morgan Motor Company Experience Day
Lot 22
£ 330
9
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A Royal Ballet Sinfonia experience
Lot 13
£ 380
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Portrait photo session in the studio with dancer Tyrone Singleton
Lot 9
£ 160
3
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Ticket to a VIP Morgan racing day
Lot 12
£ 480
12
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Original drawing by dancer Tori Forsyth-Hecken
Lot 24
£ 80
15
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Commemorative keyring from Birmingham Royal Ballet's inaugural performance
Lot 11
£ 500
6
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The best seats in the House for four, with champagne on stage
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