CANNES, FR, (Hollywood Today) 5/26/08 —
Other guests who attended the gala at the Moulin de Mougins in support of amfAR included:
The evening opened as amfAR CEO Kevin Frost welcomed guests to the fifteenth annual Cinema Against AIDS Cannes event.
The legendary live auction, conducted by Sharon Stone, amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, and Harvey Weinstein, kicked off with Sharon Stone’s pledge of $100,000 towards amfAR’s international HIV/AIDS projects.
Following this unprecedented gesture, Ms. Stone presented a lot including a Louis Vuitton vanity case designed by the Global Fundraising Chairman herself, and a one-of-a-kind print of Keith Richards signed by the photographer Annie Leibovitz, which sold for $129,000.
Longtime amfAR supporter Madonna spoke movingly about her experiences losing loved ones to HIV/AIDS as a young performer in New York City in the eighties.
A special performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Mary J. Blige was a highlight of the event.
As a sharp reminder of the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS, amfAR Ambassador Michelle Yeoh held a moment of silence in honor of children around the world affected by the epidemic.
amfAR supporter Natalie Portman also contributed to the live auction as she and Paulo Coelho danced onstage while auctioning off a package dedicated to the upcoming Weinstein film release “Nine.
Other highlights of the auction included:
Christian Slater and Petra Nemcova auctioned off an HP Film Festival and Tech Package for $35,000.
Rose McGowan and Svetlana Metkina auctioned off a Christian Dior Parfums package, including a personalized scent, for $40,500.
Rodrigo Santoro and Jeisa Chiminazzo auctioned off a Victoria’s Secret Package including invitations for six people to the Victoria’s Secret Pre-Show Party, six VIP seats to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, and access to an exclusive Victoria’s Secret After-Party for $178,000.
A Christian Dior Couture red sapphire crystal encrusted mobile phone with 640 diamonds was sold by Sharon Stone for $195,000.
David Furnish and Dennis Hopper auctioned off a private sitting with renowned artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel for $486,000.
Madonna added her special touch to a diamond-encrusted alligator skin Chanel purse designed by Karl Lagerfeld by including her personal lip gloss, compact mirror, and blotting papers for $486,000.
A portrait sitting with world-renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier, as well as a print of his “Elephant, New York, 1991,” was sold by Michelle Yeoh for $324,000.
A custom-tailored Chopard by Alberta Ferretti dress, adorned with 2.904 carats of Chopard precious stones on lilac silk chiffon was sold for $486,000.
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Donatella Versace auctioned off Madonna’s personalized, custom-made white Gibson acoustic guitar created especially for her “Confessions” tour for $486,000.
Alan Cumming and Dita Von Teese auctioned off a luxury Dubai International Film Festival Vacation, including four VIP tickets to Cinema Against AIDS Dubai, for $170,000.
Sharon Stone closed the auction by auctioning off a collection of one-of-a-kind Fendi baguettes designed by notable contemporary artists including Tom Sachs, Nicola Guerraz, and Clara Halter for $162,000.
In addition, Hollywood Reporter and Screen International offered amfAR six months of free advertising.
amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have been important and successful fund-raising events for the Foundation since 1993, generating more than $43 million for essential AIDS research. Past events have been hosted by Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, and Sir Elton John.
Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders.
For more information, visit http://www.amfar.org/.
amfAR recognizes American Airlines for its commitment to the fight against AIDS and its generous support of amfAR’s mission.