Andy Warhol ’s portrait of Blondie singer Debbie Harry , and Damien Hirst spot paintings owned by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart , were today added to this month’s auction test of the contemporary-art market’s recovery.
Under a party tent at the new downtown site of the Whitney Museum of American Art last night, shovels hung from the ceiling, Debbie Harry performed, and guests included Citadel LLC’s Ken Griffin , whose wife, Anne, is a trustee.
Debbie Harry was ice cool. Roger Daltrey ran around like a naughty schoolboy, reunited with Pete Townshend , who chopped out guitar riffs. Bryan Adams was lively, Richard Ashcroft dreary and Jeff Beck showy.
The Scissor Sisters went for the Technicolor rubber look. Beth Ditto stripped to her underwear. Debbie Harry dressed in cool black. The audience danced in Wellington boots as showers and swamps of mud failed to damp the party atmosphere.