“We may get in a bidding war over this one,” joked Salma Hayek to her boyfriend, Ed Norton, who was mesmerized by a Forties’ painting by Jose Clemente Orozco, one of the 150 Latin American works that hit Sotheby’s auction block this week. Moments earlier, Hayek — who along with Narciso Rodriguez was feted by Sotheby’s collectors with a dinner on Tuesday amidst the art — admired the one displayed painting not up for grabs: a Frida Kahlo portrait on loan from the Museo del Barrio.

“I have a series of her drawings,” piped Hayek who — in case you hadn’t heard — plays the ever-fashionable Kahlo in the upcoming “Frida.”

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As the BBC trailed Hayek around the room for its Kahlo documentary, Rosie Perez admitted that she never grasped the hoopla about the Frida look.

“All those frills bother me,” whined Perez in her nasal Brooklyn twang. “It reminds me of all the potheads in junior high.”

The following night, CancerCare awarded Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy the Fashion Leadership Award at its 19th annual dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. Jacobs and Christy Turlington collaborated on a yoga mat bag for her Nuala line, the proceeds of which benefit the charity. “I’m not a yogi, but I know the sun salutation,” Jacobs said.

Meanwhile, the Museum of Modern Art uprooted its annual Party in the Garden and planted it in the Metropolitan Pavilion. Veronica Hearst and David Rockefeller turned several heads when they showed up arm in arm, but the night’s clear star was its honoree, the inimitable Agnes Gund.

“She’s the Peggy Guggenheim of today,” said Yvonne Force.

“Minus the promiscuity,” joked a nearby guest.

“She puts her money where her mouth is,” offered Ross Bleckner.

Gund, however, fretted about another money issue altogether.

“I hate to have them pay to come,” she laughed, surrounded by well-wishers. “But I love them when they do.””

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