This is a very exciting month in the history of How To Spend It. We launched on the last Saturday of November 1994 and to mark our 20th anniversary we have created a very special edition of the magazine, entitled How To Give It, which will be published with the Financial Times on Saturday November 29.
This commemorative issue will be truly unique in that every single item and experience pictured in the magazine will be auctioned in an online sale by Christie’s between November 29 and December 11. All proceeds will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that works in areas of natural disaster, conflict or abject poverty across 120 countries.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of luxury companies who have partnered with us for this fundraising initiative, there will be 83 lots in total – many of them one-of-a-kind or bespoke items – with a combined value of a staggering £530,000. Star lots include a £93,300 limited-edition Chopard Tourbillon watch made of Fairmined 18ct rose gold; a £32,000 holiday for two on North Island, Seychelles, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned; one-of-a kind handbags by Gucci and Prada, each worth in excess of £20,000; a Krug-paired dinner for six hosted by Olivier Krug at his childhood home in Reims, worth £15,000. Or how about a bespoke suit with the first fitting by Paul Smith himself, worth £5,000? There are many more affordable lots too, with bidding starting from just £200.
There’s no shortage of great interviewees in How To Give It to bring the auction lots alive, including Colin Firth, Stella McCartney, Marc Newson, René Redzepi and Lapo Elkann. You can also learn more about Save the Children, which last year responded to 88 emergencies in 43 countries, reaching 3.4m people, including 2.1m children.
To give you a preview of the auction lots, features from How To Give It will be posted daily on howtospendit.com from Sunday November 23. We'll also be tweeting from @htsi using #HTSIauction. Do check back regularly as many are very, very special. And please dig deep when bidding starts on November 29. The money we raise together will allow Save the Children to transform even more young – and often desperate – lives.