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March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The work of acclaimed nature photographer
Peter Lik captivated onlookers ranging from movie stars to supermodels at the 10
th Annual John Varvatos Benefit for
Stuart House in
Los Angeles on Sunday, a star-studded event hosted by Oscar winner
Ben Affleck and his wife, actress
Lik donated the numbered-10 Artist Proof prints of two of his most celebrated cityscapes — both "The Sentinel" and "Vintage Road," valued in galleries at over
$15,000 respectively — to the auction, which was expected to raise over
$1 million for
Stuart House, a charity to help children at risk.
This begins a busy month of charitable involvement for
Peter Lik, with works featuring at Guy Laliberte's
One Night for
One Drop event on
March 22 and his newest work, "Illusion," making its
New York debut at the Rockefellers'
Oceana Gala at Christie's on
The large-format photographs at the Varvatos benefit were a hit with a celebrity crowd that in addition to Affleck and Garner included
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith — who performed several of his greatest hits on the central rock stage —
David Schwimmer of
Eric McCormack of
Will & Grace, SNL alum
Kevin Nealon, TV hosts
Jeff Probst and
Ty Pennington, rockers
Billy Idol and
Alice Cooper, actors
Jeremy Piven and Melina Kanakaredes, comedian
Bill Bellamy, and actor
Joe Manganiello of the
True Blood, who revealed that he is a dedicated collector of Lik's work.
"I'm a huge
Peter Lik fan," Manganiello shared at the event. "I own four of his photographs."
Included in Manganiello's collection are the pieces "Shine" and "
Bella Luna," the latter featuring a huge full moon — which is appropriate for the actor, who plays a werewolf on the popular HBO series.
Fashion icon Varvatos closed down a stretch of Melrose Avenue in front of his flagship store for the event, which attracted over 1,800 guests at
$250 per ticket to gain exclusive access to the auction, which included items ranging from
Peter Lik's photographs to signed electric guitars to a round of golf with
Samuel L. Jackson.
"Joyce and I are huge fans of Peter's art and have been admiring it for years," Varvatos said. "I am grateful to have his support in our efforts."