live Auction Items

Live Auction items are only available for purchase at the 2024 Theatre of Dreams Gala. We’ll see you there! 

Painting by Duke Beardsley

Sponsored by Duke Beardsley

Duke Beardsley
(Title TBD), 2024
Mixed media on canvas
60×36 inches (vertical orientation)

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Western heritage captured by renowned artist Duke Beardsley. A sixth-generation Coloradan, Beardsley’s art reflects the essence of cowboy culture with a contemporary twist. Duke Beardsley is currently in his studio working on this piece as we write this! His new work will be unveiled fresh from the easel at the Central City Opera Gala Auction on April 5th. It promises to be a stunning addition to any collection.

Duke Beardsley has been drawing and painting the American west for as long as he can remember. Raised both in Denver and on a 1000 acre cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, Duke’s dual upbringing is the foundation for his unique blend of traditional western iconography and contemporary art sensibilities. An unapologetic fan of “all things cowboy,” Duke spends much time on horseback as he joins his many friends and family on some of the greatest ranches of the West. Duke rides with crews to participate, observe and document today’s working cowboys and cowgirls in their element.  Formally trained at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Duke now lives and works with his wife and two daughters in Denver. 

Beardsley’s work finds its place in prestigious collections worldwide, including the  Booth Western Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Forbes Collection, and the Whitney Collection of Western American Art. His work has been featured in such publications as American Cowboy, Cowboys & Indians, the Denver Post, Equestrian, the Robb Report, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector, and Western Horseman. Bid to bring home a masterpiece of the West with Duke Beardsley’s remarkable artwork.

Week-long Stay at Luxurious Ranch House in La Veta, CO

Sponsored by Newell Grant

Date: Mutually agreed upon date between June 14th and Sep 25th, 2024

Embark on a journey to tranquility and serenity with this exciting auction item: a week-long stay sponsored by tonight’s Honoree, Newell Grant, at his enchanting Laughing Sun ranch house, a secluded off-grid retreat nestled in the heart of Southern Colorado’s picturesque landscape. 

Located near the charming town of La Veta, Laughing Sun offers an unparalleled experience amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Spanish Peaks, a renowned landmark along the historic Santa Fe Trail. This Spanish/Tuscan style home, boasting five bedrooms and four bathrooms, comfortably accommodates up to ten guests, making it an ideal destination for families or groups seeking solace and adventure. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of Southern Colorado, with easy access to nearby attractions such as the old Fort Garland and the majestic Great Sand Dunes National Monument. 

Despite its secluded location, Laughing Sun provides modern comforts including fast internet (via Starlink), ensuring connectivity amidst the tranquility of nature. La Veta, a quaint railroad stop town, offers a charming backdrop with its cozy shops and restaurants, inviting you to explore its artistic community and rich cultural heritage. Bid for the chance to escape the ordinary and discover the extraordinary at Laughing Sun, an unparalleled retreat awaiting your arrival from June 14 to September 5, 2024. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to experience the essence of Southern Colorado in a truly unique and unforgettable setting.

Hand-Blown Glass Lights and Installation by Brice Turnbull

Sponsored by Brice Turnbull 

This exclusive package includes the expert installation of three meticulously crafted, hand-blown glass lights designed by artist Brice Turnbull, who operates from his studio in Salida, Colorado. These exquisite lighting fixtures are not only functional but serve as stunning works of art, adding an unparalleled touch of elegance and sophistication to any space throughout the scenic landscapes of Colorado

Brice Turnbull is an internationally celebrated artist with works in private, public, and corporate collections on six continents. He has mounted exhibitions as far as Paris and Hong Kong, and is sought after by television and media celebrities and top-tier music producers and rock stars. Specializing in custom lighting and installation art, Brice takes inspiration from natural elements in the surrounds of his molten-glass art studio in the heart of the Rocky Mountains such as water, sky, and stone. Visit for more information. 

Shaver Ramsey Rug

Sponsored by Shaver Ramsey 

Dimensions: 4 ft by 6 ft. 


Handcrafted by skilled women artisans in Afghanistan, this stunning rug embodies tradition, elegance, and eco-consciousness. Woven from fine hand-spun wool and colored with natural plant dyes, it not only radiates breathtaking beauty but also champions sustainability. Drawing inspiration from a 15th-century Egyptian rug, its design features a captivating medallion adorned in serene greens, blues, and reds, set against a rich red backdrop adorned with abstract floral motifs. The intricate green borders boast a mesmerizing floral pattern, embellished with delicate red tracery and ivory blossoms. Elevate any space with this timeless treasure – bid to make it yours!

Opera house stage and "curtain"

Walk-On Role During Street Scene

Sponsored by Central City Opera

Step into the enchanting world of 1940s New York City with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a cameo appearance in Central City Opera’s 2024 production of Street Scene! Immerse yourself in the urban hustle and bustle as you join the cast on stage for this iconic American opera. Plus, do you have a furry friend? Your well-behaved dog can also snag a walk-on role, as the opera’s libretto calls for one! Experience the thrill of the backstage as you rehearse with the talented cast, don full period costumes, and finally, take your place under the spotlight for your unforgettable moment on stage.

This exclusive opportunity is a rare chance to become part of theatrical history. With only one slot available, this auction promises to be a one-of-a-kind artistic adventure.

Opera Overnight!

Sponsored by Central City Opera

Capacity: 2 couples or two individuals.

Immerse yourself for a full weekend in the enchanting world of our 2024 Season. Be in the center of it all as you and your guests settle in with a glass of wine on the front porch of the charming Johnson House, located just a few steps away from the historic Opera House. The best seats in the house are yours for all three mainstage shows that weekend. You’ll get priority seating at the Face Bar for meals before each show, prepared by Serendipity Catering. In addition, enjoy access to all festival extras, including Lunch & a Song, Short Works, and Après Opera. This is on the bucket list for every lover of Central City Opera!

Opera house stage and "curtain"

Trip to Mexico


Experience the ultimate beachfront getaway with this luxurious 5-night stay at a Grand Mayan Prime Room, valued at $3,500. Located in the breathtaking Riviera Maya or Nuevo Vallarta, these 4 Diamond Luxury resorts offer unparalleled comfort and elegance. Accommodating 2 adults and 2 children (11 years and under), this package is valid for 24 months from the event date, with no blackout dates, subject to availability.

Indulge in the endless amenities of Vidanta’s exclusive Members ONLY resorts, featuring activities, entertainment, shopping, and a variety of restaurants and bars right on the property. While airfare is not included, the experience promises a vacation filled with relaxation and excitement, with staff dedicated to ensuring your every need is met.

2 Ultra VIP Tickets to Sabor at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Sponsored by Paulette Tate

Immerse yourself in a cultural extravaganza unlike any other! Join us for Sabor, the annual gastronomic and multicultural festival that transforms the Denver Botanic Gardens into a magical culinary journey every August. With 2 Ultra VIP tickets in hand (a $1,200 value), you’ll embark on a voyage through the flavors of the Americas, sampling culinary delights from Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, and beyond. As you wander the gardens, indulging in delectable offerings from over 35 restaurants, sip on handcrafted adult beverages, and sway to the rhythm of live music, you’ll be swept away by the vibrant energy of the evening. But Sabor is more than just a feast for the senses—it’s an opportunity to connect, learn, and celebrate the rich tapestry of our diverse community. Bid for your chance to be a part of this inclusive and enriching experience, where food, culture, and camaraderie collide in the heart of Denver’s botanical paradise.