BELLE DE NUIT
Catherine Deneuve went under the hammer in Paris.
Michel Comte’s pictures of the actress were up for bid at an auction last week to raise money for the Red Cross.
Deneuve, who was draped in jewelry by Pomellato — which sponsored the event — was one of many actresses and models, including Dayle Haddon, to donate her likeness.
Encouraging the audience to get involved in the bidding, Haddon exhorted her audience to “just think of your Christmas list.”
Baron Stephen Bentinck, Heini Thyssen’s nephew, was one of the more generous bidders, offering $75,000 for a yellow gold and red tourmaline cross that Deneuve was wearing in her portrait.
A few nights later, an Ungaro-clad Marisa Berenson was the center of attention at a dinner at the Ritz Club to launch her book “Beyond the Mirror: Research Within Oneself” (“Au-Dela du Miroir: La Recherche Interieure”).
“I was approached to do an autobiography, but I thought this was more interesting,” said Berenson.
Friends such as Roberto Rossellini, singers Sylvie Vartan and Charles Aznavour were just a few of the celebrants.