Street Photography

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction


As the last key turned in the lock of a luxury Bond Street store and the security hum faded away until the follow day, an erie ghost town air enveloped the street.

Only to be swept away later, by a breath of fresh air, when Pandemonia and her pal Snowy, stepped out of a cab, for the Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street.

Their spectacular arrival was met by barrage of flashes from the paparazzi, flanked both sides of the entrance.

Georgina Vaughan and Ellie Pitt
Inside, relative calm was restored, when P sipped a glass of bubbly and had a convivial chat about the event, with Georgina Vaughan and Ellie Pitt, at the bar.

There to, P got the seal of approval on her ensemble, by Jacques Aszagury, fashion designer, to princesses and some of the richest women in the world, who flock to his Knightsbridge store.

Surrounded by amazing diverse artist's donations, while taking in all this art, Pandemonia bumped into, art collector Tor Faberland, who was there to snap up an item or 2.
Helen Cody
During a top up of champagne, the forever effervescent art & doggie lover Helen Cody, joined P. After Helen telling P she looked wonderful, Ms Gody chewed the fat on her 2 canine's and could P advise her on how to train one of them, from not peeing on her bed. P was aghast, thinking how lucky she is, that her Snowy is house trained.

Jerry Hall
Then, it was time to join international female icon Jerry Hall in the auction room, Jerry was real lady and left it to another, to flag up her new book "My Life in a Pictures" instead she gave Snowy a gentle squeeze and resumed her seat before giving her welcoming speech.

Sara Le Roy
This gave P a chance to checkout more of the works on show, one that tickled Snowy fancy was "Snowy" by Sara Le Roy.

Andrew Hochhauser
P met, Andrew Hochhauser, another art lover, who let it slip, he was after 2 works, 1 by Jonathan Yeo, a screen print of Cassiopeia, that later was sold for £2000, to another bidder. Post show, Andrew said "he was happy, all this money goes to a good cause and that his mum died of cancer, so he's more than happy to part with his lolly".

Sundeep Kunte

Out in force was Sundeep Kunte, Anu Madan and Ambika Tandon, who P discover were there to part with their hard erned cash, if Sundeep relentless bidding was anything to go by, during the auction.

Gavin Turk
Just before Jerry kicked off the auction, De'longhi committee member and artist Gavin Turk, told P, he'd dropped in a last min donation, a black ink on card work entailed Mademoiselle that expected price was £500-£800.

And it was finale offer of the night and brought a smile to everyones faces, when it exceeded the reserve price and was bought for £2200 to delight and rapturous applause for the crowd.

After the gig, P and Snowy sailed off into the night.

Photo/ Copy: Stephen Mahoney
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