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The irony wasn’t lost on anyone: Given the many rock star senior citizens in attendance, it couldn’t have been more appropriate that the venue for Mary McCartney’s photo exhibit/auction (proceeds were going to the MacMillan cancer charity) was London’s Natural History Museum. The evening’s centerpiece was a giant dinosaur skeleton, over 40 feet long and 20 feet high. “We should all be having drinks and dinner around dinosaur bones,” joked Sir Paul McCartney, surveying the scene with girlfriend Nancy Shevell at his side. “In fact, I think I’m going to start this week and create a dinosaur display in my dining room.” Sipping drinks and enjoying the vegetarian nibbles was an assortment of old and new guarders, including Jeff Beck, Mrs. Ringo Starr (Barbara Bach), Mrs. George Harrison (Olivia Harrison), Pattie Boyd (a former Mrs. George Harrison), Lulu, rock offspring Stella McCartney and Georgia May Jagger and James Jagger, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Chapman brothers, Erin O’Connor, and Bella Freud. The fact that Mary McCartney gave birth just six weeks ago didn’t temper her energy or enthusiasm for the more than £40,000 (about $72,000) raised for the six pictures sold, including one of a windswept Stella on a horse and another of Kate Moss enjoying a delicate English repast. “It’s fantastic. We’re pretty pleased to raise all this money for the MacMillan foundation,” she said. “OK, it’s not Damien Hirst-like levels, but still pretty good!”

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