The 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala raised $38 million, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV and AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event was held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and was presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and Bulgari.
The evening featured a celebrity filled live auction, an all red fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld, and performances by Robin Thicke, Lana Del Rey, Aloe Blacc and Andrea Bocelli.
The amfAR fundraising chairman, Sharon Stone, and longtime amfAR supporter, Harvey Weinstein, helped to lead the legendary live auction, along with the evening’s official auctioneer, Simon de Pury. A highlight was the sale of a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton in a colossal steel and glass vitrine, created by renowned artist Damien Hirst. Titled Gone but not Forgotten, the three-meter tall Mammuthus Primigenius modeled that which became extinct over 10,000 years ago.
Bulgari Ambassador and former first lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy took the stage to introduce a Bulgari “Serpenti” necklace, made of white gold with a 13-ct drop shape aquamarine and 19.2-ct of pave diamonds. The exquisite piece, a tribute to the sophisticated spirit of amfAR’s late founder, Dame Elizabeth Taylor sold for $546,000.
(Photo Credit: David Atlan)