March 14, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The work of acclaimed nature photographer
captivated onlookers ranging from movie stars to supermodels at the 10
Annual John Varvatos Benefit for
on Sunday, a star-studded event hosted by Oscar winner
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
respectively — to the auction, which was expected to raise over
, a charity to help children at risk.
This begins a busy month of charitable involvement for
, with works featuring at Guy Laliberte's
and his newest work, "Illusion," making its
debut at the Rockefellers'
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
of Aerosmith — who performed several of his greatest hits on the central rock stage —
Will & Grace
, SNL alum
, TV hosts
and Melina Kanakaredes, comedian
, and actor
, who revealed that he is a dedicated collector of Lik's work.
"I'm a huge
fan," Manganiello shared at the event. "I own four of his photographs."
Included in Manganiello's collection are the pieces "Shine" and "
," 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
per ticket to gain exclusive access to the auction, which included items ranging from
'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."