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Maybe you missed the amazing party that the Lunchbox Fund threw last week at New York City's Del Posto. If so, then you didn’t see Chuck Close doing tricks in his high-powered wheelchair. He executed those moves quite close NEAR to the photographic triptych of the South African model Topaz Page-Green. She’s the founder of the Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals for impoverished students in South African high schools (great cause). Here’s what else you missed: Alan Cumming's impromptu mash-up of Katy Perry, Adele and Lady Gaga—a medley informally called Someone Like the Edge of a Firework. Also, copious drinks from Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka; event hosts Salman Rushdie and Michael Stipe working the room; and David Chang talking about his go-to karaoke song (I promised I wouldn't tell).
You also missed out on a chance to buy that Close triptych, which went for $110,000. Luckily for you, though, there are still some amazing pieces available at the Lunchbox Fund’s Book Fair online. Still up for grabs are Bob Gruen photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, annotated by Ono, and the amazing Lunch Box Fund cookbook, with recipes by Mario Batali and linocuts by Jim Dine (there are 100 numbered copies available for the smooth price of $1,200). But bid soon! The auction ends March 31.
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