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And apparently, the memoir, which chronicles Taubman's rise to financial and business success and his subsequent fall (including a frank description of his time in prison after the Sotheby's scandal), is such a hot commodity that even one of the evening's hosts couldn't get her hands on a copy.
"I haven't read it yet — I can't find one!" laughed Boardman. "I'm dying to read it, but they just keep disappearing."
Henry Kissinger, Dominick Dunne, Leonard Lauder, Donald and Melania Trump, Bob Colacello, Arnold Scaasi, Mica Ertegun, Annette and Oscar de la Renta and Jamee Gregory fought their way through the packed room to congratulate the first-time author. Flanked by his wife, Judy, and his stepdaughter, Tiffany Dubin, the resilient Taubman was being trailed by a crew from CBS TV, which is doing a documentary on him.
"I've been friends with Alfred for many years. He helped get my two daughters into college and introduced me to my wife, Arriana," said Boardman, as he addressed the crowd midway through the evening. As for Taubman, he rose to give a clever speech, thanking all in attendance, as well as his publishers.
"For all of you who don't see your names in the book, please don't blame me," joked Taubman. "Blame HarperCollins." Those who did make the cut include Pauline Pitt and Tommy Kempner, whom Taubman swipes at in the book's acknowledgements as "the only two people nasty enough to publicly express their dislike for me during the most trying days of my life — for their unintended inspiration."