Last night, the art world’s 1% and Naomi Campbell gathered at the Four Seasons to eat steak, caviar, and foie gras, and bid millions of dollars on Hermes bags signed by Jeff Koons. For those who didn’t study Duchamp, a famous artist’s signature makes these fashion items “readymades” (i.e. art) and skyrockets their value. Famed auctioneer Simon de Pury led the circus, calling out guests by name (“Come on Larry Gagosian, I know you pay more than 3 million dollars!”) and a musical interlude was provided by Mary J Blige.
It was for charity, of course. The beneficiary was Project Perpetual, a not-for-profit that pairs bankable artists with a charitable cause. For Koons, it was bring/ing vaccinations to prevent premature deaths. Celebs like Sofia Coppola and Campbell donated their beloved Birkins for the cause and the highest lot, a monstrous Koons sculpture, went for a cool 4 million. It was fun, it was weird, and I feel a little icky about it.