Haute Event: Chopard Presents 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party

Chopard At 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

The hautest ticket in town last night was a seat at Elton John’s annual viewing party.

The glam event, which was presented by luxe jeweler Chopard, wasn’t only a fabulous party, but one that actually contributed to a cause: the evening raised $6 million for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

After cocktail hour at the Pacific Design Center, guests were treated to a five-course meal presented by Gordon Ramsay of chilled dungeness crab, braised beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding.

The dinner was followed by a lively auction.  Auction items included an iconic photograph of Faye Dunaway the morning after she won her Best Actress Oscar for “Network” by famed photographer Terry O’Neill that sold for $120,000; two sets of tickets to join Sir Elton John and David Furnish at the Vanity Fair party that sold for $150,000 each; five days at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat that sold for $250,000.  Sir Elton John also auctioned off four private performances by himself that went for $250,000 each, totaling $1 million.

Chelsea Handler and Dave Grohl engaged in a bidding war for Steven Tyler’s property, but both ultimately packed in their bids.

Following the auction, chart-topping Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé took the stage to perform several songs including hit song “Next to Me.”

Sir Elton closed the show by revealing the winners of the Oscar ballot contest, both of whom won Chopard watches.

Guests at the gala, which was also sponsored by Audi, Grey Goose vodka, Wells Fargo and Neuro Drinks, included Chopard Co-President Caroline Scheufele, David Furnish, Fan Bing Bing, Emmy Rossum, Nina Dobrev, Emeli Sande, Petra Nemcova, Christa B Allen and Livia Firth were wearing Chopard; additional attendees for the evening included Agnes Bruckner, Aisha Tyler, Andrew Rannells, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Ashley Fink, Benji Madden, Bernie Taupin, Billie Jean King, Bono, Britney Spears, Bryan Singer, Carmen Electra, Chace Crawford, Chad Michael Murray, Chelsea Handler, Chris Brown, Chris Colfer, Chris Cornell, Colton Haynes, Dave Grohl, Dustin Lance Black, Emma Roberts, Eric & Janet McCormack, Finola Hughes, George Takei, Heidi Klum, Ian Somerhalder, Jaime King, Jane Lynch, Jane Seymour, Jared Harris, JC Chasez, Academy Award Winner Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jenna Elfman, Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Lowndes, Jim Carrey, Joel Madden, John Ratzenberger, John Waters, Judy Greer, Karina Smirnoff, Katerina Graham, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kyle MacLachlan, Lucy Lawless, Lydia Hearst, Matthew Morrison, Mehcad Brooks, Mel Brown, Mena Suvari, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims, Naomi Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Nia Vardalos Nicki Minaj, Nicole Richie, Nina Garcia, Paul Wesley, Paz Vega, Peter Facinelli, Quincy Jones, Rachel Griffiths, Randy Jackson, Rose McGowan, Russell Simmons, Ryan Kwanten, Sandra Lee, Sharon Stone, Skylar Grey, Steven Tyler, Terry Crews, Tim Allen, Topher Grace and Wilmer Valderrama.

Little Zachary Furnish-John, who also attended the event, was doted on by his proud papas and all of their celebrity friends.

Said John in his closing speech: “[The event] gets the message out that the fight against AIDS isn’t over,” John said. “We are still raising money for AIDS and AIDS isn’t going away.”

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