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Pop Art

| November 30, 2011 | Parties National

PARTY CITY “Cindy and I are speechless,” said Howard Rachofsky after an abstract painting by featured artist honoree Mark Grotjahn sold for $1 million at Two x Two for AIDS and Art, the highest bid ever on a piece of art in the event’s 13-year history. Joyce Goss, John Benjamin Hickey and Dr. Gary Tigges co-chaired the spectacular black-tie gala dinner and contemporary art auction at the Rachofsky’s Richard Meier-designed mansion-cum-museum; it was the culmination of a week’s worth of events, including the Charlotte and Shy Anderson-chaired First Look fĂȘte featuring a participatory performance art piece by Rob Pruitt. THE LIST Along with premier artists and international contemporary art dealers, a glitterati of celebs always shows up for this one, including this year’s honorary chair and emcee Stanley Tucci and Plano-reared Hickey, the star of Showtime’s The Big C. SEEN AND HEARD Unable to attend, longtime supporter Alan Cumming sent in a video in which he mispronounced Hickey’s hometown as “Plono.” Hickey humorously retorted, “Let’s get one thing straight. I’m from Plaaaano!” Patti LaBelle took the stage to belt out “Lady Marmalade” and “Over the Rainbow.” Sotheby’s chairman Jamie Niven mastered the gavel to auction 121 works of art. All told, the night brought in a record $4.8 million to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Photography by Bruno and Lisa Stewart


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