Public School Auction Features A $15,000 Peter Som Mink And A $10,000 Birkin Bag

Aged Dom Perignon, Proenza Schouler sunnies, an upstate New York country house weekend—this isn't an episode of Gossip Girl, but rather items on tap at P.S. 321's public school auction. That's right, public school, as in not Constance Billard. Located in Park Slope, the school has 1,300 students in grades Pre-K through 5, and, apparently, a very web savvy PTA—this year they put their entire auction online, where you can bid until May 26. While the usual suspects are represented (gift certificates, handmade ceramic bowls), one clued-in parent emailed us to point out the rather more WTF offerings, including a Peter Som mink coat with an estimated value of $15,000, an $10,000 Hermès fire engine red Birkin bag, or, on the err, slightly cheaper side, one Alexander Wang handbag that's worth $750. Said the Mom: "In the name of driving more traffic to our online auction, I hope you can mention how many crazy, over-the-top luxury items we are featuring this year. It will make a fascinating sociological study, and people will surely have fun love/hating Park Slope...which will drive traffic to your site." In the face of crazy budget cuts, she's willing to be considered "an auction whore," if it means "saving public education." Damn, Ma, way to get your social media on!
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