The hottest item up for grabs Saturday night at the Booker T. Washington Middle School spring auction was a tour for four (two kids, two adults) of Albany conducted by none other than Governor (as of 1 p.m. today) David Paterson. The lovable gov, whose son attends the Upper West Side school, had offered the outing way before his former running mate Eliot Spitzer’s call-girl troubles. Bidding began at an impressive $2,000 — the initial bidder had to leave the party early and left his offer by proxy — but quickly climbed to a final price of $3,700. The item “obviously got a lot cooler in the last week,” announced the auctioneer, who added that any money collected would be returned “if, with everything that transpired, David is not able to honor it … We haven’t been able to get a hold of him.” The winner, who had been bidding determinedly but wouldn’t discuss his prize with this reporter, won’t be able to ask Patterson about the events that led to his new position, however. A caveat included with the description of the item read: "In order to comply with New York’s ethical and legal guidelines, consistent with the public trust, and to prevent actions that are intended, or appear to be intended, to achieve personal gain or benefit by the successful bidder of this item, kindly refrain from the discussion of specific professional and government business activities during your visit." This is as it should be; Paterson clearly understands that people should be paying big bucks for a good time with him, rather than vice versa. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
Eva Mendes's plans to appear in Calvin Klein perfume ads were thwarted when she went to rehab several weeks ago. But Mendes is out — yay! — and it appears her relationship with the label is still going strong.
Well, this is awkward. The same morning that Calvin Klein proudly trumpeted the fact that Eva Mendes would be the face of their new perfume this fall, her reps disclosed that Mendes has been in rehab for, oh, a couple of weeks. "Eva has been working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support," her rep said in a statement. "Out of respect for Eva's privacy, we do not wish to discuss further details." People solemnly informs us that last year, Mendes told reporters that to feel comfortable doing a sex scene with Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night she needed a drink. And to think, we thought it was only because he has that funny lip! We're so naïve. Calvin Klein did not immediately return our call for comment, but we doubt they'll have a problem with her "problem." They were one of the first brands to hire Kate Moss back after her coke scandal. But Eva can probably kiss good-bye to any future work with H&M, which fired Moss after her scandal. Everyone knows they only work with supremely balanced individuals, such as Madonna and Karl Lagerfeld.
UPDATE: A Calvin Klein spokesperson offers this comment: "We support Eva during this difficult time and respect her decision to seek professional help."
Eva Mendes in Rehab [TMZ]
Calvin Klein Fragrances to Feature Actress Eva Mendes in Fall 2008 Global Advertising Campaign [PR Newswire]
Harvey Weinstein either physically removed a D.J. who was acting inappropriately with a lady at his table at Rose Bar or was punched in the face by him. (He's also getting married next month.) Denzel Washington had 30 bespoke suits made by an English tailor on East 53rd Street. Liz Smith speculates that the next Time person of the year will be the environment. Cindy Adams reports that a book on Heather Mills is in the works. The owner of Baraonda, the Italian eatery at 75th and Second, got a new lease on the space. PR guru Lara Shriftman has given into the pressure and revealed the daddy of her baby: rum heir Juan Bacardi.