Party Of The Week: It's hammer time for Terrence Higgins

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The Scream actress Neve Campbell attended a drinks reception at Christie's in London ahead of the Lighthouse Gala Auction, which raised £350,000 for the HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

She was joined at the bash by the artist Tracey Emin, X Factor judge Louis Walsh, TV presenter Graham Norton, The History Boys actor Russell Tovey, as well as Fawn James, the heiress and granddaughter of the late impresario Paul Raymond.

Auction lots, including a Chanel guitar, were scattered around the room. Damien Hirst's print Exaudi, Domine, of butterfly wings, and Emin's neon Passion Passion lined the walls.

The Brit Girls, a drag queen cabaret act, wore Union Jack cat suits and towering stilettos to encourage guests to buy a box of delights, which included a designer pebble pendant.

Campbell didn't mind when an AIDS awareness red ribbon was pinned through her Herve Leger body-con dress. Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of Formula 1 supremo Bernie, wearing a thigh-length lacy dress, complained that she was freezing cold because of the air conditioning.

Emin and the gallery owner, Kenny Goss, who is George Michael's partner, successfully teamed up for the auction to bid £4,500 for a lot to design a Liberty window display. Emin even took to the podium herself and took on the role of auctioneer, with a little help from Jussi Pylkkanen, president of Christie's Europe. Pylkkanen also poured her a glass of champagne at the podium when her neon sold for £65,000.

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