The event was held at Violet Grey’s Melrose Place store with a number of celebrity guests in attendance to help raise funds for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).
There were a number of different works of art up for auction during the evening including pieces by Bruce Weber, Yul Brynner, Robert Mapplethorpe and also singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager who had a work called In The Spotlight which paid tribute to Taylor’s role in the classic movie Cleopatra.
Another piece by US photographer Firooz Zahedi is called Close Up and is a large black and white print of the actress which focuses on her face and in particular those stunning eyes of hers. She is said to be one of the few people ever to be born with violet eyes and in fact the venue for the dinner and auction is named in homage to those famous eyes of hers.
Zahedi is probably the photographer who forged the closest links to the actress and after meeting her in 1976 shot her on many occasions. After this increased exposure he went on to photograph many other celebrities including Meryl Streep, Oprah WInfrey, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie.
The auction on Thursday night was hosted by actor Colin Farrell who became a very close friend of Elizabeth Taylor’s during the last few years of her life. The relationship was characterised by a large number of late night phone calls between the two which only ended when Taylor died in 2011.
Speaking about their first meeting Farrell explained that in true Hollywood star style Taylor actually managed to be over an hour late despite the fact that they were actually meeting at her own house. The actress was famous for her charm and personal magnetism (both helped no doubt by those stunning violet eyes) and far from being irritated at her tardiness Farrell described their first meeting as ‘the most bewitching hour of my life.’
Among the celebrities who attended Thursday’s dinner and auction were Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Houston, Eva Mendes, Alice Eve and Iman. As yet there is no figure released as to the total raised for ETAF by the evening’s events.