Auction Registration is Open: World's Smallest Pink Ribbon Pin
Registration is now open for the auction of the world’s smallest Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Pin commissioned by D. Thomas Fine Miniatures and created by miniaturist Bill Studebaker.
D. Thomas Fine Miniatures has partnered with Bidsquare, the online auctioneer, to conduct the sale starting October 18 and ending October 25. Click here to register and bid.
Darren T. Scala, Founder of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, says “Miniatures encourage the viewer to look more closely at an object in an effort to see the smallest detail. I had this tiny pin commissioned because I wanted to really force people to notice the pin in order to better understand its significance. I’m excited to be partnering with Bidsquare to conduct this auction and hoping to make a big impact in the fight against breast cancer.
The pin, the only one of its kind in the world, is made of sterling silver and measures 9/32” long x 3/32” wide – about one third the size of a fingernail. It was created by miniaturist Bill Studebaker using a jewelers saw and tiny files to create the intricate ribbon curves and folds. The piece is finished with a high-shine pink enamel and is presented in a box made of antique walnut with a burl wood inlay.
Mr. Studebaker, of Studebaker Miniatures, is an Artisan Member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA.org). He has been deeply affected by breast cancer and is passionate about the cause. “Breast cancer is a thief,” he says, “because it steals our friends and family before their time. It is a liar. It takes our beautiful girls and women and robs them of their confidence while making them feel they are somehow less than they are. Breast Cancer is a bitch and we must do all we can to beat it."
When describing why Mr. Studebaker decided to participate in this initiative, he goes on to say, “I’m very happy to have the chance to spit in its eye.”
In popular culture, the ribbon serves as the universal symbol for raising awareness and support for important causes; its origin stems from the yellow ribbon used during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and evolved to the red ribbon in support of HIV/Awareness beginning in the early 1990’s.
The signature breast cancer awareness pink ribbon was first worn by breast cancer survivors running in the 1991 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure. It has since evolved into the well-recognized international symbol for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide and in the US accounts for over 230,000 cases each year and is responsible for over 40,000 deaths annually. Globally, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy and is the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide.
Buyers may find out more about the auction, including details on how to register and bid by clicking here.
ABOUT D. THOMAS FINE MINIATURES
D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is a retail and gallery destination featuring top quality collectibles including 1/12th scale structure, furniture and accessories. The concept, designed to appeal to collectors, crafters and enthusiasts was created, in part, to raise awareness of miniatures as a decorative art form and to introduce the discipline not only to a new generation but to those who may just be discovering it! The gallery space showcases work in miniature by well-known artists from all over the world.
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