The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, October 24, 2016

Damien Hirst art, Leonardo DiCaprio space trip help raise record AIDS funds
US actress Rosario Dawson (R) talks as she conducts an auction with Israeli model Bar Refaeli during the amfAR 21st Annual Cinema Against AIDS on the sidelines of the 67th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, on May 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI.
ANTIBES (AFP).- A Damien Hirst work of art and a trip into space with Leonardo DiCaprio helped AIDS foundation amfAR raise a record $35 million (28 million euros) on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Foundation for AIDS Research holds an exclusive bash annually during the festival, attracting a galaxy of stars to help raise funds, and this year was no exception.

Some 900 celebrities and members of the jet set turned up Thursday evening at the luxury Eden Roc hotel not far from Cannes for the 21st "Cinema Against AIDS" event, including amfAR fundraiser Sharon Stone, Marion Cotillard, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kylie Minogue and Justin Bieber.

Festival jury members Sofia Coppola, Carole Bouquet and Gael Garcia Bernal and scores of top models including Eva Herzigova and Heidi Klum, were also present.

Stone auctioned off a work of art by British artist Hirst -- the gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine -- to a Russian billionaire for 11 million euros.

Just like last year, DiCaprio sold a trip with him into space with Virgin Galactic, the company founded by billionaire Richard Branson. He raised 700,000 euros.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sang for the crowd before auctioning off a dinner at his home for 12 people that fetched 1.1 million euros.

Bruni-Sarkozy, who was not accompanied by her husband, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, raised 400,000 euros for a snake-shaped necklace of diamonds and an aquamarine made by Bulgari, of which she is currently the ambassador.

Two tickets for the next Oscars ceremony were sold for 200,000 euros.

On Thursday, actresses Catherine Deneuve and Milla Jovovich, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, actor Adrien Brody and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were also of the party.

The amfAR foundation "is probably the NGO that manages to raise the most funds against AIDS, in a very glamorous event to be sure, but beyond that this event is very important to advance research, help patients and access to treatment for the most disadvantaged," Bruni-Sarkozy told AFP.

"There is no reason to think that AIDS is a declining epidemic. AIDS is still a pandemic, many young people get it. It has to be said. It's very important for me to be here this evening," added the former first lady, whose brother Virginio died of the illness.

© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

May 24, 2014

My kingdom for a grave: Court rules that Richard III should be laid to rest in Leicester

The hand of the artist in Abstract painting 1950-1990 is addressed in Princeton

First exhibition to consider the significance of colour during Mondrian's early career opens

Art Rocks Athens: Georgia Museum of Art to celebrate Athens music scene with exhibition

Damien Hirst art, Leonardo DiCaprio space trip help raise record AIDS funds

Astronaut sells Apollo 15 hand controller for more than $610,000 at auction

Frederick Carl Frieseke's "The Garden Chair" achieves $962,500 in Bonhams' American Art Auction

Prehistoric Ross Blade in Morphy's May 17 auction looked sharp as it commanded a top bid of $276,000

Dylan Thomas papers from last weeks of his life for sale at Bonhams on June 18

Modern and Contemporary Indian art expand base with Saffronart's Summer Online Auction

Australian artist David Griggs mounts his debut solo show at Future Perfect in Singapore

Beatles-signed photo from Ed Sullivan debut brings $125,000 at Heritage Auctions

Exhibition of new works by Elisa Sighicelli opens at MOT International London

Nigerian artists dominate 'Africa Now'' sale at Bonhams London in centenary year

Lauren Stanley Collection of American & Mexican silver brings $988,000 at Heritage Auctions

Exhibition at ZKM presents the three most important German Action artists of postwar modernity

Obsessive Compulsive Order: Group exhibition opens at Copperfield

Sound installation "With Hidden Noise" opens in Glyndor Gallery

Exhibition of new paintings by artist Gordon Stevenson opens at Tripoli Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery

2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth

3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky

5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door

6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall

7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes

8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation

9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure

10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful