A quarter of a million pounds was raised for The Gorbachev Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support at a charity auction at Christie's London. Hosted by Mikhail Gorbachev's granddaughters Anastasia Virganskaya and Ksenia Gorbacheva, guests such as Countess Isabelle von Trapp, David Montgomery, Noelle Reno, Kay Burley, Amy Molyneux (PPQ) and Daniella Issa Helayel sipped champagne and nibbled on delights from Mosimann.
Auction lots included a stunning Faberge ring, a Rolex watch belonging to Mikhail Gorbachev, an Omega watch given by Mr Gorbachev to his late wife, Raisa on their wedding anniversary and a 10 night voyage on The World luxury yacht.
Other lots included two boxes at The Royal Albert Hall for the gala concert on 30th March 2011, one of the lots sharing the experience with Mr Gorbachev and his family as they celebrate his birthday.
The charity auction was part of celebrations in the lead up to Mr Gorbachev's 80th birthday gala concert to be held at The Royal Albert Hall in March this year. Hosted by Sharon Stone and Kevin Spacey, the concert combines performers from East and West including Bryan Ferry, The London Symphony Orchestra, Katherine Jenkins and The Bolshoi Ballet soloists to name a few.