The Independent's Christmas charity auction: Part three

Fancy an original Tracey Emin artwork, 24 hours on a Bear Grylls survival course, a luxury safari in Kenya or lunch at the Wolseley with the author Nicholas Evans? Bid now for these exclusive lots



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Lot 1: Original artwork by Tracey Emin
An original piece by Tracey Emin commissioned for The Independent’s Elephant Appeal. She has produced this drawing, The big and the small, which is smaller than A4-sized (25.4cm x 17.7cm).

She says: “I have seen baby elephants, mother elephants, a herd of elephants, and even though they are incredibly shortsighted they have a majestic beauty that is inexplicable to mankind.”
WINNING BID: £15,100.00
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Lot 2: First night
Few can resist the special frisson of a theatre first night, and our Arts Editor will accompany one lucky reader to one such event, plus after-show party. We cannot guarantee any particular show, but we will do our best to meet the winner's expectations. Travel not included.
WINNING BID: £610.00
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Lot 3: A Champagne weekend for two
The award-winning Grange Hotels group is offering two nights in an executive room, with a complementary bottle of Moët et Chandon champagne, English breakfast and access to the award-winning Ajala Spa and wellness facility - plus tickets to the Globe for a performance of a Shakespeare play OR a trip to the O2 stadium for a concert. (Dates subject to availability.)
WINNING BID: £510.00
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Lot 4: Lunch with Owen Jones
Enjoy the cut and thrust of political debate with one of the nation's most insightful writers, Owen Jones. Polemic never came tastier than this. Lunch will be served at one of Hawksmoor's London restaurants. If you wish you may enjoy a 'dictionary thick' steak, simply cooked over charcoal from their renowned butchers 'The Ginger Pig'. They also serve British seafood including grilled scallops and thick cuts of turbot and monkfish sustainably sourced from Brixham in Devon. Advance booking required. (Value of meal including drinks £200)
WINNING BID:  £2,200.00
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Lot 5: Rugby Crew
Win ten 10 gold tickets, with some of the best seats in the stadium, for the match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley on 22 March 2014. Travel not included.
WINNING BID: £600.00
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Lot 6: Internship with Oxford Scientific Films
A two-week internship with award winning TV production company Oxford Scientific Films, based in London. Oxford Scientific Films produces specialist factual television (science, history, natural history, archaeology etc). Recent titles include Secret Life of Dogs (ITV), Animal Odd Couples (BBC1), Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature (BBC1), Meerkats: secrets of an animal superstar (BBC2), How to win the Grand National (Channel 4) and Giant Pandas Back to the Wild (Sky 3D and National Geographic). The opportunity would suit a bright graduate, maybe with a science or history degree. Dates to be agreed. Travel and other costs not included.
WINNING BID: £2,051.90
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Lot 7: Bear Grylls Survival Academy course
Win a 24-hour adult course at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy with a book signed by Bear and Bear Grylls branded kit from Bushnell including binoculars and digital compass.
Bear's team of highly trained experts will facilitate learning, offer advice and guide participants through this gruelling course. Learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, stalk, protect yourself in the wild from attack, wilderness first aid, tie knots and make rope harnesses in order to safely cross difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by any means. On completion of the course participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate.
All meals, selected kit and accommodation are provided during the course
This course is only open to over 18's who are physically active and fit
The usual cost is £349 per person
The course is limited to just 10 places
The course takes place in Brook, Surrey
Booking date subject to availability. Travel to the Academy extra.
WINNING BID:  £405.00
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Lot 8: Mapping Africa
A reproduction of a classic antique map of Africa from 1879 from Stanfords. The original, sadly not for sale, is held in the archives at the Royal Geographical Society. Modern day expeditioner Levison Wood, star of Walking the Nile, and has signed it. Stanfords have framed it in a style befitting the map.
WINNING BID:  £578.00
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Lot 9: Tour of the Middle Temple
Learn more about the world of the law with a personal guided tour for two of the Middle Temple and the Temple Church (of the Knights Templar) including lunch in the wonderful Elizabethan Hall, hosted by a Queen's Counsel.
WINNING BID: £535.00
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Lot 10: (Elephant) Gin and tonic
Elephant Gin is proud to support Space for Giants and is donating for this auction a case of their product (6x 50cl bottles) - with the added bonus of having the winner's name inscribed on the label. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of 19th century explorers in Africa, the firm uses carefully selected rare African botanicals to create a distinctive flavour. Elephant Gin is produced in small batches using traditional copper still distillation and has 45 per cent alcoholic volume. Please drink responsibly.
WINNING BID: £545.00
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Lot 11: Cordon Rouge
The Cordon Rouge Club is an extraordinary club for exceptional people to celebrate people in the worlds of exploration, adventure and discovery, all of whom share with Space for Giants a reverence for the natural world. In that spirit we offer a magnum of Champagne G.H.Mumm with a copy of the Cordon Rouge club book signed by Ben Fogle, adventurer; Charley Boorman, adventurer; Leo Houlding, climber; Tom Avery, polar explorer; Colonel John Blashford Snell, one of the most revered explorers of our time; Dee Caffari, yachtswoman; Mike Goulding, yachtsman; Geoff Holt, yachtsman; Robin Knox-Johnston, round the world yachtsman; Neil Laughton, explorer and entrepreneur; Olly Williams, adventure artist; Doug Scott, pioneer of alpine climbing; Olly Steeds, investigative journalist and adventurer. These books are limited to 100 and are not available to purchase. We feel this is a really exclusive item.
WINNING BID:  £213.37
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Lot 12: Ultimate performance
Katherine Jenkins delights with the range of her performances. She is offering a lucky winner: a signed album (Ultimate Collection); signed DVD of her concert; a personalised Christmas card, albeit a little late, and a bottle of Perrier Jouet to toast the festive season.
WINNING BID: £155.00
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Lot 13: Internship with Connected Pictures
Here is two weeks' work experience with Connected Pictures. Connected Pictures is an award-winning, independent production company specialising in engaging video content for business, broadcast and multi-media platforms. We do a lot of fun and interesting stuff for a lot of global brands. Take a look. Dates to be agreed; travel extra.
WINNING BID: £2,050.01
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Lot 14: A bit of a gamble; Hippodrome casino
The Hippodrome Casino would like to welcome you and seven guests with a classic Vodka Martini, "shaken not stirred", or a glass of bubbles followed by a delicious meal in our Heliot Steakhouse, seated at the prestigious Captain's Table. After your meal you can have tickets to our Matcham Theatre for that evening's Burlesque or Cabaret. (Travel not included).
WINNING BID: £440.89
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Lot 15: The Great Laikipia Safari
Laikipia is Kenya's high country, a 10,000 km2 plateau, situated on the equator, 6,000 feet above sea level, nestled between the great massifs of Mt Kenya to the east and the Aberdares to the West. It is also one of the world's last great wilderness areas, holding a greater diversity of large mammals than anywhere else in East Africa. Space for Giants are based in Laikipia where they work to protect Kenya's northern elephants, numbering more than 6,000 individuals. The owners of Laikipia's most exclusive conservancies have come together to create the great Laikipia safari for two.

Two nights at Sweetwaters Camp on the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy ( Ol Pejeta is east Africa's largest black rhino sanctuary and holds a huge abundance of wildlife, including all of the big five and a haven for chimpanzees. It is also home to Laikipia's most accomplished anti-poaching unit, the rapid response team.

Two nights at Borana Lodge on the 35,000-acre Borana conservancy ( Borana lodge is one of Kenya's most exclusive and luxurious conservation properties and working cattle ranches. The conservancy is physically diverse and scenically spectacular, comprising open grasslands, basalt hills, and dense cedar forest. Borana is the latest conservancy to take on black rhinos, adding to an already extraordinary wildlife viewing experience.

Two nights El Karama lodge on the 14,000-acre El Karama ranch ( is a stunning, family run lodge and wildlife conservancy with a huge diversity of activities and excellent local guiding. This is also home to one of Africa's most celebrated wildlife sculptors, Murray Grant and the lucky auction winner will be given a sneak preview into his studio to see him at work on his latest creations.

Two nights at Suyian Soul on Suyian Ranch ( Suyian is a 44,000-acre paradise and working cattle ranch, in West Laikipia, encompassing highly varied terrain and supporting a huge abundance of wildlife. Suyian soul is a beautiful, rustic lodge located next to a natural salt lick, attracting large numbers of elephants, among other species. Suyian soul is also home to Anne Powys, one of Kenya's best known ethno-botanists and guides who can provide a unique insight into the plants of the area.

This will be an adventure of a lifetime, providing a unique opportunity to discover one of Africa's most magical landscapes, wildlife and people, in addition to getting a front row seat into Space for Giants' work on the ground. International airfare, insurance and local transfers are not included.
WINNING BID: £4,300.00
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Lot 16: Five specially dedicated books by and lunch with, bestselling author, Nicholas Evans
Lunch with bestselling author Nicholas Evans at London's famous restaurant, The Wolseley. He will bring you a package of personally dedicated hardback editions of his five novels: The Horse Whisperer, The Loop, The Smoke Jumper, The Divide and The Brave.

WINNING BID: £455.00
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Lot 17: The Last Elephant
The Last Elephant is one of a series of images on the subject of the extinction of animals which John Gledhill began working on in the early 1990s. At that time the issue of endangered animal species was in the news again and this moved him to have the elephant occupy the central 'space' while the figures are arranged around it.
The people in the image are on the whole indifferent to the fact that the elephant portrayed is the last of its kind and there is a kind of carnival atmosphere - only one girl in the foreground tries to draw the crowd's attention to the headline in the paper the man is holding.
Originally the elephant was in a cage but the artist found that the bars of the cage interfered with one's view of the animal so in the end he left them out.
This print is made on a handmade Japanese paper in a strictly limited edition of 20 individually signed by the artist.
The Last Elephant 2008. Colour linocut. 50cm X 58cm. Printed on handmade Japanese paper.
WINNING BID: £365.00
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Entitled Elelphant Group on Bare Earth, Amboseli 2008 this measures 13”x31”, and is one of an edition of 25 by photographer Nick Brandt. In the words of one critic: “The haunting images in Nick Brandt’s ‘On This Earth’ seem less like a documentary than like spirit photos of mythical beasts. Living testimony to the ghostly beauty and the fragility of nature, these magnificent creatures will convince you (if indeed you had any doubts) that animals not only have minds and hearts but also spirits and souls.” Space for Giants will use 50 per cent of the proceeds of this sale to support a charity called Big Life develop - a human-elephant conflict management plan for the Amboselli ecosystem, in Kenya. Reserve is £3,400
WINNING BID: £3,400.00
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Entitled ‘Two Elephant Herds Crossing Lake Bed, Amboseli 2008’. This measures 27”x60”, and is one of an edition of 15 by renowned wildlife photographer Nick Brandt. Reserve is £8,400. Space for Giants will use 50 per cent of the proceeds of this sale to support Big Life Foundation, operating in Kenya and Tanzania, to develop a human-elephant conflict management plan for the Amboselli ecosystem, in Kenya.
WINNING BID:  £8,400.00
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Bidding ends at 11am on 3 January 2014. Payment by PayPal only, by 13 January 2014. Each lot carries a minimum reserve price of £100, is for one adult and does not include travel unless otherwise specified and is subject to terms and conditions which can be found at here.

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