The Russian Midsummer fantasy Ball was held in Hampton Court last 5th June. Evgeny Lebedev transformed the grounds of his house into a Russian church, with a bell tower and the roof of the temporary dining room based on that in St Basil’s Cathedral. The fifth Russian Midsummer Fantasy was in aid of the Raisa Gorbechev Foundation, which fights childhood cancer. Among the bidders were Richard Caring, Cyrus Vandrevala and John Caudwell.
The most coveted auction prize is dinner with the Man Who Changed the World. Last year private equity investor Cyrus Vandrevala bid £75,000 for it and joined President Gorbachev with his family in Moscow; the previous year it went to Hugh Grant, and before that the mobile phone tycoon John Caudwell. Another auction prize will be an original Francis Bacon lithograph, given by his estate.