Good Works Update: amFar’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala’s Results Are In!

AmFar’s Cinema Against AIDS gala had a record-breaking night on May 22nd, raising over $10 Million to benefit amfAR’s HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention Programs.

Sharon Stone, AmFar’s Fundaraising Chair, kicked off the program with a special appeal in honor of her 50th birthday in which she pledged a $100,000 and encouraged others in the room to meet her pledge. Within 10 minutes, $2 million was raised. Happy Birthday, Sharon!

As always the legendary auction, conducted by Stone and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, did not dissappoint with it’s big ticket items. Below are a few highlights of the lots sold.

Sharon Stone ‘s meticulously restored vintage Porsche 911 Targa, went for $810,000.

A private two-song set courtesy of Madonna, sold for $560,000. The Material Girl also personally auctioned a diamond-encrusted alligator skin Chanel purse designed by Karl Lagerfeld that included her personal lip gloss, compact mirror, and blotting papers for a whopping $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. And “24 Hours with Diddy,” an impromtu item contributed by Combs, went for $324,000 .

Auction honorable mentions include private sittings with filmmaker/artist Julian Schanbel ($486,000) and photographer Patrick Demarchelier ($324,000), as well as a lot featuring a movie set visit to Nine and an original manuscript by author Paul Coelho ($243,000).

AmfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have generated more than $43 million for AIDS research since 1993. amfAR’s mission is to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and translate that research into effective treatment, prevention, and education programs worldwide.