[Story and images via The Daily Mail]
Last night, Elton John and his partner David Furnish held their annual Woodside Summer Ball in the grounds of their mansion in Windsor (the British one, not Windsor, ON). Now I’ve never been to one of these balls (that sounds dirty, doesn’t it?), but just from looking at the photos of this one, I’d venture to guess they’re all full of big stars.
Even still, among all the stars in attendance, it was Elizabeth Hurley who stole the show.
It’s been a while since I’ve watched any films with her in them, but I still remember the enamoured feeling I got as a very young man seeing her play the role of Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
So when the charity auction part of the night came along (supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation), and she put a smooch with herself up on the block, it’s not surprising that a bidding war ensued. The winner, as it turns out, was a Canadian banking heir.
If you’re the son of a billionaire banker, dropping £50,000 on a passionate kiss with Elizabeth Hurley is no problem.
Explaining it away to your wife, however, may prove a little more challenging.
Julian Bharti, 27, showed no sign of worrying about that, though, when he successfully bid for a kiss with the 49-year-old British actress at Elton John’s annual ball near Windsor last night.
Standing up to claim his prize, the married father of three took to his task with gusto, clasping Hurley close to him and kissing her full on the mouth to the cheers of the watching celebrity crowd.
But today Mr Bharti, who runs his own mining investment business and has homes in Beverly Hills, Toronto, the Great Lakes and Florida, told MailOnline his wife of five years, Christy, wasn’t in the least bit troubled by his kiss with the model and actress.
He said: ‘She’s totally cool with it.’
For those of you wondering what 50,000 pounds equates to on this side of the Atlantic, it’s roughly $81,600 US dollars, or about $88,800 Canadian. If you’re interested in reading more about Mr. Bharti’s family life (and see some more photos from the party), you can do that HERE.
Otherwise, let’s get to why you came here: The awkward photos!
Now for the next couple photos, I want you to take a look at where his left hand is.
Obviously, he looks on top of the world after the kiss. Her face… Well it’s a little tougher to read. In the photo above, she’s smiling… But I can’t help but think it looks just a tiny bit forced. Then again, it’s not everyday you get to kiss a (future?) billionaire.
But the thing I noticed most was how his left hand never left his pocket. I don’t know about you folks, but usually when I kiss someone, it’s accompanied by an embrace. Sure, he had his arm around her back (with his hand perhaps sinking suspiciously low), but usually such an embrace would involve both hands. Then again, the two were complete strangers, and they had to make sure the crowd could see the smooch. Perhaps it was his way of not getting too lost in the moment so that his wife wouldn’t get upset.
I like how he says his wife is “totally cool with it,” but she’s not actually quoted in the article. I know if my significant other planted a big smooch on someone with such a huge audience, star or not, I’d probably have a couple reservations. But hey, to each their own. Maybe it’s because she knows if he ever does full-on cheat on her, she’ll get to take half of his wealth.
I don’t know for sure if this qualifies as “The Most Expensive Kiss Ever,” but I bet there’s a whole bunch of jilted divorcees out there who would argue that the most expensive kiss ever is the one that directly follows your wedding vows…
Seriously though, if you had unlimited money and could pick any celebrity, who would you kiss and how much would you be willing to pay for it?