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Under orders

Discretion inhibits me from disclosing the architects present at the most outrageous charity auction held so far this year, at the Chelsea Arts Club. For several days before the Valentine Night event, hand-painted knickers by prominent artist and designer members of the club (like Peter Blake) were on view in display cabinets. On the big night, they were worn by professional models parading on a temporary catwalk in the bar, and attracted a mass audience which paid more than £15,000 (going to artist benevolent bodies) for the items in questions. One witty knicker caption read 'may contain nuts'; the auction title for artist Sandra Blow's effort is not suitable for repetition in a family magazine.

But the event should surely prompt thoughts at Portland Place as to how the Architects' Benevolent Society Ball might be revived. . .

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