Citigroup’s Parsons, Martha Stewart Shop American Antiques Show

Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron
Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron at the American Antiques Show gala. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Writers Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi arrived at the gala preview of the American Antiques Show last night looking for “a very reasonably priced small rug to put next to the bed.”

After browsing weathervanes and flags costing more than $100,000, Ephron said: “We’re absolutely not going to find it here.”

The preview, a benefit for the American Folk Art Museum, offered a first-look at 41 dealers’ booths on display at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea through Jan. 23.

Guests included Citigroup Inc. Chairman Richard Parsons; Neuberger Berman LLC’s Marvin C. Schwartz; Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.’s Jerry Lauren; the eldest daughter of former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb; and domestic diva Martha Stewart, who snapped photographs for her blog.

Standing next to a waiter serving brisket, antiques dealer John Rosselli showed off his purchase: a plate with his first name on it.

“It was made for a little boy. I’ll put it on my dresser, for my cufflinks,” he said. Rosselli’s wife, interior designer Bunny Williams, liked the vanity-plate concept.

“With a name like Bunny I could buy five rabbits here,” she said.

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