Jeff Koons honored at 2016 Trophée des Arts Gala: PHOTOS

Jeff Koons, Larry Gagosian
Jeff Koons, Larry Gagosian (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)

Last Friday night, while the rest of the city was traipsing around town figuring out last minute Halloween costumes, New York’s French speaking elite (and those who admire them) headed to the Plaza for a much more sophisticated evening out at the 2016 Trophée des Arts gala, which raised money for the French Institute Alliance Française.

Anne Fontaine
Anne Fontaine (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)

After a cocktail reception, guests enjoyed dinner, speeches by the honorees and an auction overseen by Christie’s Adrian Meyer. Art dealer Larry Gagosian got the auction started, buying a magnum of Cheval Blanc for $8,000. The event honored Gagosian’s longtime friend, Jeff Koons, who received the Trophée des Arts, as well as L’Oréal Chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Agon, who received the Pilier d’Or.

Larry Gagosian and the bottle of wine he purchased
Larry Gagosian and the bottle of wine he purchased (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)

Other notable guests in attendance included the grandson of Picasso’s lithographer, Eric Mourlot; New York City real estate developer Harry Macklowe; Richard and Elodie Taittinger; President of the American friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet Olivia Flatto; publishers Martine and Prosper Assouline; designer Anne Fontaine; Lazard Chairman and CEO Kenneth Jacobs; choreographer Jérôme Bel; Bernardaud Executive director Frédéric Bernardaud; author Nathalie Regnault Sann; beauty leader Clémence von Mueffling; L’Oréal North America President Frédéric Rozé; Virginie Morgon and Marc Abelin; and French Ambassador to the United Nations François Delattre.

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Clemence and WIlliam Von Mueffling (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Eric Mourlot, Jeff Koons, Kristin Simmons (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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François Delattre, Olivia Flatto (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Jean Paul Agon (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Jean Paul Agon, Sophie Agon, Marie Monique-Steckel (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Jean Paul Agon, Sophie Agon, Justine Koons, Jeff Koons, Marie Monique Steckel (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Gary McCraw, Jeff Koons, Sebastian Lombardo (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Jerome Bel and Lili Chopra (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Judith Pisar, Leah Pisar Haas (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Virginie Morgon, Marc Abelin (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Prosper Assouline, Clo and Charles Cohen (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Olivia Walton (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Nathalie Sann (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)
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Martine and Prosper Assouline (photo credit: FIAF / Amber de Vos)