The work of award-winning nature photographer Peter Lik mesmerized onlookers ranging from actors to supermodels to rock stars at the 10th Annual John Varvatos Benefit for Stuart House in Los Angeles on Sunday, an event hosted by recent Oscar winner Ben Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner.
The large-format Artist Proofs donated by Lik for the Varvatos benefit were a hit with a celebrity crowd, which included actor Joe Manganiello of True Blood, who revealed that he is a dedicated collector of Lik’s work. "I’m a huge Peter Lik fan," Manganiello said at the event. "I own four of his photographs."
The Master Photographer himself has long cited the store on Melrose as his favorite place to shop in Los Angeles: "This store is no bloody joke. I throw one of those jackets on and feel like a million bucks. Varvatos - love it!"
Some lots were part of a silent auction at the event, but items such as Lik’s works expected to garner the highest bids are available for online bidding until March 21 at www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/johnvarvatos/catalog_items.
Photo: True Blood's Joe Manganiello with Peter's "The Sentinel" and "Vintage Road"