Held in Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s Windsor home, spotted wearing various Chopard Haute Joaillerie pieces were Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Beckinsale, Eugenia Silva, Anna Netrebko, Lara Stone, Laura Whitmore, David Gandy, Roberto Bolle, Lady Gaga, as well as Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
Lady Gaga took to the stage as the guest star of the evening and sang at one point alongside the host Sir Elton John.
The annual charitable auction saw several lots fall under the hammer including a Chopard watch form the Haute Joaillerie Animal World collection which sold for £75,000; a sculpture by Anselm Kiefer which went for £670,000; a chance to visit one of the sites of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the company of Sir Elton John and David Furnish which fetched £700,000; and an Audi car painted by Damien Hirst which topped out at £350,000.
Chopard Co-President Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele said: “I have always admired Elton John, who in my view is a truly incomparable artist. I have chosen to support his fight against AIDS through a special watch collection, as well as through events such as the White Tie & Tiara Ball. This year holds special significance for us in that Chopard is celebrating its 150th anniversary.”
Meanwhile Sir Elton John commented: “We are delighted to be working with Chopard again this year on White Tie and Tiara, and it’s a very special year with the participation of Lady Gaga. We are grateful to everyone who supports this event and helps us to continue funding our vital international work.”
The White Tie & Tiara Ball (now in its 12th year) is the foundation’s foremost fundraising event, generating £40m since it was launched in 1993.