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BY JANE ROZELLE. PHOTOGRAPHY BRUNO, KEVIN TACHMAN, GEORGE FIALA. DECEMBER | PAGE 12 | 2014 TWO BY TWO … HURRAH … HURRAH… SOLD … FOR $2.6 MILLION! Those exuberant words sum up the success for the week-long charitable celebration of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, which collectively raised a record $7 million for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art at the 16th annual gala. In true fashion, it was a week filled with parties — forum dinners, Rat Pack reunions, "Cher" cameos and evenings befitting a dynasty. Cindy and Howard Rachofsky opened their home (which remained open for the next six days) and invited VIPs to an exclusive tour of the exalted auction items on exhibition. DMA forum chairs Lisa Moore and Nasiba Hartland Mackie (who also served as chair of First Look) greeted guests as they sneaked a peek at the art, Möet in hand, and mingled with Gabrielle de Papp of Farfetch, the evening's sponsor. Later that week, it was time to whip out one's finest costumes as socials headed to First Look. The Rat Pack-themed evening had the convivial crowd not only in good spirits but also in impressive ensembles. Cindy Rachofsky rocked a pink feathery headdress; Brian Bolke sported a suit decked out in dollar-bill signs by Moschino; and Elaine Agather channeled Marilyn Monroe with a vintage gold sequined jumpsuit, fur stole and cat-eye sunnies. Lombardi Family Concepts served bites, Belvedere grapefruit cocktails were shaken-not-stirred by a bartending Elvis, and DJ Lucy Wrubel got everyone's groove on — as did the audacious Chad Michaels, who turned back time dressed as Cher. The festivities that followed two days later got a little more … golden. Gala chairs John and Lisa Runyon welcomed celebrants back to the Rachofsky residence for round two of TWO x TWO, a star-studded evening that welcomed actress Allison Janney, emcee John Benjamin Hickey, songstress Erykah Badu, and Mavs center Tyson Chandler. Todd Events (which also designed First Look) transformed a 7,000-square-foot, 48-foot-tall geodesic domed tent for a week of festivities with white orchids, candelabras and a honeycombed canopy draped across the main stage. After the seated dinner by Cassandra Fine Catering, the live auction caused quite a stir. Sotheby's chairman Jamie Niven auctioned off noted works of art including Frank Bowling's Cathedral, 1975, an acrylic on canvas, courtesy of Bowling and Hales Gallery in London; Jeff Koons' polyurethane resin Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus, 2013, and Shinro Ohtake's Retina #24, 1991, a photograph and plastic resin on wooden board. But the shock value soared when Cindy Rachofsky, taking an offer over the phone, announced that she had a $2.6 million bidder, vying for 2014 honoree artist Wade Guyton's Untitled, 2008, an Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen, courtesy of Guyton and Petzel Gallery in New York. "Sold!" shouted Niven. After the record-breaking bid, it was time for a little entertainment from five-time Grammy-winning CeeLo Green, who wowed the crowd with his over-the-top performance. Hitting the dance floor: brunch hosts Amy and Vernon Faulconer; and gala guests Gayle and Paul Stoffel, Eric Muscatell, Kevin Fink, Michael Patrick, Andrew Lipman, Curt Shepard, Jan Showers, Piper Rogers, Sam Tsao, Gabriel Ritter, Chris Salgardo, Peggy Lanigan, Bianca Anderson, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Ann Barbier-Mueller, and Marguerite Hoffman. Dallas Goes Marching Dressed to impress, Rat Pack revelers and a golden-hued gala break records and raise a whole lotta funds. "THE RECORD-SETTING $7 MILLION RAISED WAS REMARKABLE … THE GENEROSITY OF ARTISTS & GALLERIES DONATING HIGH- QUALITY WORKS OF ART, MANY MUSEUM-QUALITY, IS UNPRECEDENTED. IT WAS A MEMORABLE YEAR-LONG ENDEAVOR." — John Runyon 2014 Honoree Artist Wade Guyton Chad Michaels at First Look Lee Hobson Erykah Badu Gabrielle de Papp CeeLo Green Maxwell Anderson at First Look The geodesic dome Jacqueline Anderson Elaine Agather at First Look Cindy Rachofsky Howard Rachofsky Todd Fiscus at First Look Allison Janney Christen Wilson Richard Chang at First Look John Benjamin Hickey Meghan Looney DJ Lucy Wrubel at First Look Brian Bolke at First Look Nancy Rogers at First Look Dallas Snadon Faisal Halum Steve Wrubel Lela Rose Chad Vose Merry Vose Drew Ireland at First Look Quinn Tivey Gillian Sagansky Melissa Meeks Ireland China Chow Ann Hobson Chairman John Runyon Chairman Lisa Runyon Alberto Lombardi at First Look Kara Goss Randall G. Goss Lily Kwong Peter Brodsky First Look Chair Nasiba Hartland Mackie Anna- Sophia van Zweden at First Look Warren Weitman Eve Reid Lael Brodsky

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