The Material Girl parted with a few personal possessions — a custom-made white guitar and the contents of her handbag — at a benefit to raise money for AIDS research. She emptied her purse and came up with a magnifying mirror, hair clips, skin blotting tissues and lip gloss. She put it on the block along with a one-of-a-kind diamond-encrusted alligator bag donated by Chanel. The lot sold for $472,000. The 49-year-old singer asked the crowd not to insult her with low bids: “This lip gloss touched my lips.”
The annual Cinema Against AIDS gala, hosted by Sharon Stone, is one of the hottest tickets at Cannes each year, with hundreds of guests traveling to nearby Mougins for an auction dinner held in a giant marquee.
The rich and famous lined a packed red carpet on Thursday, including Madonna, Diddy, and Stone, actor Dennis Hopper, Harvey Weinstein and actress Natalie Portman.
“I hope we all leave a little poorer,” said amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole in his opening speech.