Party Of The Week: Big names sparkle for Starlight

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The illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve, the surrealist painter Marie Guerlain, and the painter Natasha Law, Jude's sister, were at a glitzy fund-raiser for the Starlight Children's Foundation at the Saatchi Gallery.

They were just a few of a host of well-known figures from the world of art and design who had come together to run a series of workshops, inspiring children to create artworks, which were exhibited and sold at the Saatchi Gallery to raise money for the charity.

Kate Middleton stole the limelight wearing a full-length grey Issa dress, when she arrived with her boyfriend, Prince William.

The charity, which grants wishes to seriously ill children, was founded by the Dynasty actress Emma Samms 21 years ago.

Even the footballer Sol Campbell turned up as he had donated his football shirt and boots, worn when he played for Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final in 2008, for the after-dinner auction.

Vivienne Westwood's wacky hand-painted rocking horse, with safety pins on the saddle cloth, fetched £10,000, while Bob and Roberta Smith's colourful painting I Believe in Michael Jackson went for £5,500.

Guests also had a chance to see the Saatchi's current show, Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, including Guerra de la Paz's sculpture Nine, which is made of found clothes, as well as some garish paintings by a new generation of emerging US artists.

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