BEENE RINGS UP $4 MILLION: Sotheby's two-day sale of the collection of Geoffrey Beene last week generated more than $4 million in sales, doubling its projection.

A table by Jean Prouvé with a hefty selling price of $447,200 and a painting by the British Modernist artist Keith Vaughan, which went for $234,000, were the two highest-ticketed items. The latter was a record for the artist at auction. Some of the proceeds from the auction, held Friday and Saturday, will benefit the Geoffrey Beene Foundation.

TAHARI HIRES A VP: Beatrice Novobaczky has joined Elie Tahari as vice president of marketing and communications. She is handling public relations, advertising, as well as boutique and brand expansion for the designer's collection and freestanding stores. Novobaczky reports to Elie and Rory Tahari, the husband and wife design duo behind the company.

Most recently, Novobaczky was vice president of marketing and creative services at David Yurman.

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