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Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Champagne tower hidden at Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fundraiser for Obama

The famous champagne tower at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club — shown on a night when the president wasn’t there. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Hey, where’s the bubbly? The landmark feature at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan is a dazzling, 18-foot champagne tower — 350 gold bottles in all, from what’s said to be his favorite brand, Armand de Brignac — a highlight of the nightspot’s $10 million renovation earlier this year. But at the hip-hop mogul’s fundraiser for President Obama Tuesday night, the wall of glitz was discreetly covered up under a dark dropcloth, reports our colleague Amy Gardner. Hmmm — an optics thing, you think?

Only a few gleaming bottles near the top were visible. Guests, who paid $40K each for the privilege of attending, did however enjoy champers served in flutes. Obligatory VIP banter aimed at co-hostess Beyonce: “Jay-Z now knows, you know, what my life is like,” joked POTUS. “We both have daughters. And our wives are more popular than we are.”

Related: Secrets of big-ticket fundraisers, 9/19/12

Read also: Jay-Z, Beyonce raise money for Obama (Campaign 2012), 9/18/12

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