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Fashion Scoops: Marciano Spends Big On Bling... Sitting Still...

Forget contemporary art: Georges Marciano is sinking his money into cold, hard stones.

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MARCIANO SPENDS BIG ON BLING: Forget contemporary art: Georges Marciano, one of the founders of the Guess brand along with his brothers Paul and Maurice, is sinking his money into cold, hard stones. Marciano, who is no longer involved in Guess, plunked down $16.2 million to buy the world's largest and purest brilliant-cut diamond ever sold at auction. Auctioned by Sotheby's in Geneva, the selling price was the second highest ever for a diamond at auction. At 84.37 carats, Marciano paid $191,980 a carat, the highest price ever paid per carat for a white diamond. Marciano has named the diamond the "Chloe Diamond," presumably after his daughter Chloe. No word on what Marciano plans to do with the hunk of ice, though. He didn't return calls for comment Wednesday.

SITTING STILL: Heath Ledger did something on Tuesday night most actors never do: sit through a screening of their own movie. The Aussie star watched himself on screen playing a version of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," out from the Weinstein Co. on Nov. 21. The nonlinear biopic, which also stars Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Christian Bale as other characters inspired by Dylan, required immense concentration from audience members, but Elle Macpherson, for one, enjoyed it. "I love Dylan," she said at the Hogan and Cinema Society-hosted after party at the Bowery Hotel (which, unlike the screening, was packed). The model is in town until Friday and took time from meetings to screen an episode of "America's Next Top Model," hosted by fellow modeling vet Tyra Banks. Meanwhile, as Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich sat in a side room, Lauren Bacall did the rounds and "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier eagerly chatted up female fans, someone decided to invoke the Dylan era by lighting up a joint.

HITTING A HIGH NOTE: Vacheron Constantin feted Clive Davis Tuesday night at a party at Xchange in New York, which also celebrated the 252-year-old firm's new Platinum Excellence Collection. Davis, who brought "Dreamgirl" Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, has a soft spot in his heart for the Swiss watch brand. "I went to school on scholarship and had to work from the bottom up," Davis said. "I had no possessions, other than getting engaged and receiving a Vacheron watch from my in-laws. That watch was the proudest possession I ever had."
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