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Scene Last Night: Dree Hemingway, Jeff Koons, Gilbert & George

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Duffy, owner of Lower East Side hair salon Tommy Guns, and Dree Hemingway, model and actress, in Calvin Klein.

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Duffy, owner of Lower East Side hair salon Tommy Guns, and Dree Hemingway, model and actress, in Calvin Klein. Close

Duffy, owner of Lower East Side hair salon Tommy Guns, and Dree Hemingway, model and actress, in Calvin Klein.

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George Passmore and Gilbert Proesch, the artists known as Gilbert and George, were honored at the New Museum gala. Close

George Passmore and Gilbert Proesch, the artists known as Gilbert and George, were honored at the New Museum gala.

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Tobias Meyer, Sotheby's worldwide head of contemporary art; Clarissa Dalrymple, curator; Yvonne Force Villareal, co-founder of the Art Production Fund, and Mark Fletcher, art adviser. Meyer conducted a live auction at the gala that brought in $250,000 for a portrait session with Chuck Close. Close

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Cecilia Alemani, independent curator, and Dakis Joannou, collector and chairman of Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited. Close

Cecilia Alemani, independent curator, and Dakis Joannou, collector and chairman of Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited.

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Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum. Close

Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum.

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George Condo, who has a solo show at the New Museum, and Anna Condo, filmmaker, wearing Erdem. Close

George Condo, who has a solo show at the New Museum, and Anna Condo, filmmaker, wearing Erdem.

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Fabienne Stephan, art dealer. Close

Fabienne Stephan, art dealer.

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Arden Wohl in a Prada dress and shoes that appear inspired by either Princeton or the new Broadway show "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." Close

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Lucy Chadwick, a gallery director, and Miles Freeland, director of public relations at Burberry. Close

Lucy Chadwick, a gallery director, and Miles Freeland, director of public relations at Burberry.

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Alexandra Richards, the deejay at the gala. Close

Alexandra Richards, the deejay at the gala.

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Philip E. Aarons, a founder of real estate development firm Millennium Partners, in a Libertine jacket, and Shelley Fox Aarons, a retired psychiatrist and one of the gala's chairmen, in Peachoo + Kreijberg. Close

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Artists Richard Phillips and Josephine Meckseper. The FLAG Art Foundation is hosting a Meckseper exhibition through May 26. Close

Artists Richard Phillips and Josephine Meckseper. The FLAG Art Foundation is hosting a Meckseper exhibition through May 26.

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Irena Hochman, art dealer, and John Richardson, author of "A Life of Picasso" and curator of the Gagosian exhibition "Picasso and Marie-Therese: L'amour fou," opening April 14. Close

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Brett Littman, executive director of the Drawing Center, and Philippe Vergne, director of the Dia Art Foundation. Their similar attire was coincidental. Close

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Sue Hostetler, an editor and writer, in Balenciaga. Close

Sue Hostetler, an editor and writer, in Balenciaga.

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Craig Kalpakjian, artist; Carol Greene, director of Chelsea gallery Greene Naftali; and Mitzi Eisenberg, a gala chairman and New Museum board member. Close

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Red carpet greeted guests on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center for the New Museum gala. The art is by Josh Smith. Close

Red carpet greeted guests on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center for the New Museum gala. The art is by Josh Smith.

There were many happy pairs at the New Museum Spring Gala in Manhattan’s financial district last night.

Duffy, a hairstylist to models and actresses, chatted with Dree Hemingway, model, actress and great-granddaughter of Ernest.

Dakis Joannou, billionaire Greek industrialist, ate dinner with Jeff Koons, the artist entrusted with curating a show of Joannou’s collection at the New Museum last year.

Alex Katz, who is working on a series of “the faces of flowers,” stuck close to his wife and muse, Ada Katz. Artist George Condo and his wife, Anna, were similarly welded.

The couples garnering the most attention were the event’s honorees: collectors Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis and the artists Gilbert & George, who have been working, dressing and talking in sync since the 1960s.

The duos accepted their awards at a Lucite lectern.

“We are so happy that we are smiling at both ends,” Gilbert & George said in unison.

The party, on the 45th floor of 7 World Trade Center, featured an inventive menu by Bite restaurant, especially the foie gras bread pudding and elderflower custard. East Village mixologists Death & Co. provided cocktails made with Prairie Organic Vodka.

Tobias Meyer, worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, auctioned off a photographic portrait-sitting with Chuck Close for $250,000. The 33 collages that Josh Smith made for the gala, some of which were exhibited next to a red carpet as guests arrived, sold out.

The party brought in $1.3 million. Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, was among the event’s sponsors.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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