Event raises $11 million for AIDS research
Thursday night’s starry amfAR gala benefit raised over $11 million for AIDS research — a new record, according to chair Kenneth Cole.Harvey Weinstein and Karl Lagerfeld genrated well over $1 million during the Cinema Against AIDS auction festivities at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes — offering up the chance to bid on a package to star in a short film that Weinstein will produce and Lagerfeld will direct. The prize, which includes a screening party for 50, was sold first for 350,000 euros. Weinstein and Lagerfeld then agreed to offer another film package and sold that for 500,000 euros. Lagerfeld and Weinstein are among the chairs of the event, along with Alec Baldwin, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Milla Jovovich, Carine Roitfeld, Michel Hazanavicius and Berenice Bejo. The gala is traditionally held during the Cannes Film Festival. Its auction has raised more than $70 million for AIDS research in two decades. The gala included a fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld. The entire collection of two dozen dresses was auctioned as a single lot and drew a winning bid of 300,000 euros. A Damien Hirst painting fetched among the top prices at 700,000 euros and an a signed Andy Warhol print of Marilyn Monroe drew 600,000 euros. Terry O’Neill’s collection of 18 prints of stars went for 180,000 euros. “You will get laid,” Michelle Rodriguez promised in successfully driving up the bid. O’Neill’s print of a post-Oscar morning shot of Faye Dunaway, who had just won for “Network,” sold for 70,000 euros. Jean Piggozi’s photo of Annie Leibovitz and Keith Richard plus six Piggozi party passes sold to Brett Ratner for 160,000 euros. A private match with tennis star Novak Djokovic went for 90,000 euros and a Calibre de Cartier watch and a massage by Heidi Klum brought in 65,000 euros.