AIDS benefit on sidelines of Cannes Film Festival raises more than $4 million – Sioux City Journal —
MOUGINS, France — An AIDS fundraiser benefited from the celebrity crowd gathered in the south of France for the Cannes Film Festival.
The American Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR, raised more that $4 million, with Robin Williams earning the title of big spender. The extemporaneous comedian won the bidding on a one-song performance from Wyclef Jean and a one-of-a-kind black diamond Armani necklace for a total of $120,000.
— Host Sharon Stone opened the bidding Thursday and sold off two Louis Vuitton vanity cases that she designed herself, bringing in $60,000 for each.
— Williams also played fast-talking auctioneer. He and model Petra Nemcova sold off a vacation package in the south of France for $80,000.
— Filmmaker David Furnish took the microphone to sell off a red piano once owned by his partner, Elton John, and raise $230,000. The piano was donated by Stone.
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