The beautiful people in Cannes take a moment from the fun, the sun and film previews to raise money for HIV/AIDS research.
Madonna parted with a few personal items—a custom-made white guitar and the contents of her quilted Chanel handbag—at the benefit to raise money for American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR). Madge "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 49-year-old singer asked the crowd not to insult her with low bids: ' This lip gloss touched my lips.' " The lot sold for $472,000.
The annual event on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival late raised more than $10 million for the AmFAR. As always, Sharon Stone was the auctioneer and this year "tried to get the crowd to bid for a kiss with Madonna, reminding everyone that George Clooney sold two kisses last year for a total of $700,000. 'That's cheap!" Madonna quipped. 'Everyone's kissed George Clooney.' " Umm, yeah.
Mary J. Blige sang "Family Affair" and an R&B edition of U2's "One." Sean "Diddy" Combs was also on hand and "offered to let a fan spend 24 hours in his presence." That treat went for the minimum bid of $314,000. Hopefully, this will be a very interesting 24 hours with Mr. Combs.