Feb. 16-March 10, Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.forum-theatre.org, 240-644-1390.
Spooky Action auction
In December, Spooky Action Theater was the recipient of an anonymous donation valued at $1.6 million. The work for Richard Henrich, Spooky Action’s artistic director, has only just begun: Of the approximately 1,000 items gifted to the theater, ranging from designer clothing to an Aston Martin, only about 300 items have been sold so far.
Henrich took a break from preparing for Spooky Action’s upcoming production of David Mamet’s “The Water Engine” to share the latest news on how these valuables are selling.
Date of New York sale: Dec. 6
Hammer price (the total amount of money for which the auction items sold): $200,000
Net earnings: $161,000
Most pleasant surprise: “We had a pair of art deco earrings that included some platinum, some tiny diamonds, black onyx and coral,” Henrich said. “It had originally been appraised at something like $150, as a nice piece of costume jewelry. That sold for $7,000.”
Most pleasant surprise, Part 2: “We had another piece that was in this old jewelry box, mixed in with a lot of stuff that looked like costume jewelry. It was gold, with lots of little links like chain mail, with a pendant down in front. It turned out to be Tiffany! It wound up being sold for $45,000.”
Most successful in Europe: At Christie’s in Paris, Spooky Action sold a Ruhlmann tea table for 85,000 euros (more than $112,000).
Hold out for this one: Another Ruhlmann item, a chest valued at $400,000, didn’t sell and won’t be offered again until next fall.
Date of Washington sale: Feb. 3
Hammer price: $65,000. “These were not the high-end items,” Henrich said. But “the anticipated high for a Chinese export, little bowls and a tea caddy with a rose lotus pattern, was $600 and it sold for $1,900.”
Save the date: Spooky Action’s Gala, originally planned for March, is scheduled to take place in May. It will feature a runway show consisting of the many designer clothes left to Spooky Action by the anonymous donor.
“The Water Engine,” Feb. 16- March 11, 1810 16th St. NW, www.spookyaction.org, 301-920-1414