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Charity gala to mark Sir Elton's 70th

Press Association logoPress Association 25/03/2017 Francesca Gosling, Press Association

Sir Elton John will celebrate his 70th birthday with a star-studded charity gala hosted by Hollywood actor Rob Lowe.

The Rocket Man singer will also be marking a 50-year writing partnership with his friend and long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin at the party in Los Angeles.

The event, which will also raise funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation and Los Angeles-based art and culture centre the Hammer Museum, will also feature a special performance by American singer Lady Gaga.

Talking about reaching the milestone, Sir Elton said: "Age is immaterial, provided we keep our minds alive by being open to new things."

Sir Elton said his working partnership with Taupin still had the "same excitement now as when we first started".

"It's an amazing achievement to stay with one person for 50 years on a creative basis, in an industry where that doesn't really happen very much," he said.

The pair collaborated on hits including Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Daniel and I'm Still Standing.

Sir Elton's birthday on Saturday will also be marked by a foundation fund-raiser sale of photographs donated by artists and collectors at Christie's in New York.

The collection, which will go to auction on April 6, includes works by artists who died of Aids.

Cindy Sherman's colourful portrait shot Untitled is expected to fetch one of the highest sums, while Herb Ritts' black and white Backflip, Paradise Cove figure is estimated to go for up to $US60,000.

"Great artists, including Mapplethorpe and Herb, were lost to Aids," Sir Elton said.

"They died so young, and their loss was so tragic."

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