LOS ANGELES - I’ve lived in New York forever, but since I spent the first twelve years of my life in Los Angeles, going back has always felt like coming home, and Oscars weekend was no exception. I remember experiencing the Academy Awards as a kid, and it has the same air of excitement now as it did then—the people change, but everything else is the same. I attended the Oscars the year my father died, when the Academy honored him with a tribute led by Cary Grant, who delivered a moving speech. They even showed images of the infamous streaking incident when my father hosted the awards show in 1974. This year, however, I was there for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s annual viewing party and charity auction. The event is in its 20th year, and to mark the occasion, we raised a record $5.25 million. At the auction—where among other things, I sold two one-hour tennis lessons with Rafael Nadal for about $190,000 each—I spotted personalities such as Steven Tyler, Heidi Klum, Steve Tisch, Katy Perry, and L.A. mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who was surprised to learn that I’m a true Angeleno. The next stop for me and my Sotheby’s colleague Eliza Osborne, was the Vanity Fair after party, where we hobnobbed with the best of them until the wee hours of the morning.

 

Above image: Sotheby’s auctioneer Jamie Niven in action during the live auction.
ALL IMAGES ARE COURTESY OF THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION

 

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