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Celebrities do Art Basel in a big way


And the award for the first Art Basel celebrity sighting goes to Val Kilmer, an ABMB regular and art aficionado who was seen Monday night milling around the UNTITLED fair, where he was also the first customer at the Fratelli Lyon pop-up restaurant.

On Tuesday, Pharrell Williams stopped by the temporary colette art drive-thru at Alchemist at 1111 Lincoln Road. In addition to stocking a veritable who’s who of artists and designers from all over the world exclusively during Art Basel, the art drive-thru is selling Pharrell-designed product. The singer collaborated with Moncler on a range of sunglasses (retailing for $595) and a “bullet-proof” style vest (retailing for $1,495). Nothing blurred about those lines.

On Wednesday, Cindy Crawford was doing the brand-ambassador thing at OMEGA’s newly expanded Aventura store, where she said, “Miami has always been one of the liveliest and most influential markets in America.”

David Arquette was spotted Tuesday at Hyde Beach at SLS Hotel South Beach enjoying a midday glass of wine by himself. He was also seen at the Shore Club in a tuxedo for a party hosted by his Los Angeles club, Bootsy Bellows. On Thursday, Arquette was seen at Zuma with “a gaggle of girls.”

Maria Sharapova was seen Wednesday checking into Hotel Beaux Arts inside the JW Marriott Marquis. The tennis star enjoyed a light lunch at db Bistro Moderne with two friends.

Best Buddies International and The Brant Foundation hosted the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction on Tuesday at Ugo Columbo’s manse to benefit Best Buddies, raising almost $1 million for Anthony Kennedy Shriver’s charity. Leonardo DiCaprio was there with a small crew that included actor Ethan Suplee; Kilmer was also there. DiCaprio was also seen later that night with a bunch of guy friends at SL Nightclub for the Le Baron party.

Roger Dubuis CEO Jean- Marc Pontroué and so-called “Friend of the Brand,” Gerard Butler, threw a private dinner Wednesday at a W South Beach private residence in “partnership” with Dom Pérignon. Guests got to drool over the watch that costs more than most crashers make in a year, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, alongside Jeff Koons-designed Limited Edition Dom Perignon bottles. Among the invitees: Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, and Karolina Kurkova. Following the dinner, NY-based DJ Ms Nix hit the turntables — as did Butler — for the Dom-soaked after-party.

So this is what Art Basel has come to. Two years ago, we had Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Last year, it was Demi Moore channeling her inner teen chasing after a young art heir. This year it’s this pop-cultural cataract known as Kimye, seen at the DuJour Magazine cocktail party Wednesday night, cohosted by Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, honoring artist Mark Quinn. Also seen in the crowd: Adrian Grenier and Lionel Richie, who spent Thursday afternoon at the Riviera for an exhibition by Alexandra Hilfiger, Tommy’s daughter.

Earlier that night, Kanye West and architecture giant Jacques Herzog participated in a Surface magazine discussion moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery’s co-director of exhibitions and programs. PT Barnum would have been proud. West, who admitted to being a “student of art,” channeled Confucius, saying, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions to a person who’s an expert.” Does that include experts who criticize his music?

Kim Kardashian plays many roles, but proud mother doesn’t always seem to be a major one except when she was seen in the Delano lobby posting pictures of her baby North while Koons looked on.

Russell Simmons — joined by his brother, painter Danny Simmons, and former Real Housewives of New York City cast member Jill Zarin — attended a dinner fundraiser for Penn Medicine at UPENN sponsored by Christofle fine silver at the Coconut Grove house of Allison and Chip Brady. Upon leaving the party, Simmons checked out the goody bag of a key chain and a candle by Christofle, and Prince Reigns hair products, to which he joking said, “Hair stuff? You want me to take a bag of hair stuff?” Then he looked at the bag again, and said, “It looks cool, I’ll take it.” Simmons was also seen at the Miami Children’s Museum/Rush Philanthropic Foundation reception for a dedication of a sculpture by artist Victor Matthews.

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