Cannes Film Festival - Amfar Gala raises $35m

Cannes is in session and we bring you images from last night’s amfAR party. The  glittering 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS party raised a record $35 million. Sat Bal (23 May’14)


Global stars from music and film assembled at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and Bulgari. The night 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.


Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard wine and dine

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.


The Auction Lots

 Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum at the podium

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, which became extinct over 10,000 years ago, fetched a sum of 15 million dollars.  This was the highest grossing lot in amfAR’s history.


 Vito Schnabel and Heidi Klum

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 $550,000.  


Rosario Dawson and Marion Cotillard get playful at the party

“The Red Collection” fashion show, curated by Carine Roitfeld, was one of the most dynamic moments of the night. The collection featured one-of-a-kind looks, all in red, from the world’s most celebrated fashion houses. The lot, auctioned by Sharon Stone, sold for 5 million dollars.

Aloe Blacc and Justin Bieber 

Also offered in the auction was the last seat on a flight to space on Virgin Galactic with Leonardo DiCaprio. This incredible opportunity sold for $1 million. A first seat was auctioned at last year’s Cinema Against AIDS Cannes gala.


The Performances


Lana Del Rey takes to the stage

Some of the highlights from the unforgettable evening included live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Multi-platinum selling pop femme fatale Lana Del Rey kicked off the evening with a sultry performance. 

Milla Jovovich stuns in Chanel

Musician Aloe Blacc performed the global hit “The Man,” and singer Robin Thicke, who performed a set including smash hit Blurred Lines, closed the night. Guests were also treated to an extraordinary surprise performance by one of the greatest singers in the world, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

John Travolta puts in an appearance

 Sponsors were The Weinstein Company and Mercedes-BenzMoët Hennessy was a 'Grand Philanthropist'. The event was produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.  Guests were invited to an exclusive afterparty presented by Moncler. 


The Assembly

Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio (barely) in Roberto Cavalli

Chair of the event was Stone once again along with Harvey Weinstein, amfAR ambassador Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, BVLGARI Ambassador Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Carine Roitfeld, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin, amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview Entertainment COO Molly Conners.


Victoria's Secret's Barbara Palvin looking for the runway

Guests included Gael Garcia Bernal, Bulgari ambassador Adrien Brody, Carole Bouquet, Jessica Chastain, HRH Princess of Venice Jane Campion, Clotilde Courau, Sofia Coppola, Clotilde Courau, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Deneuve, Luke Evans, Jane Fonda, amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, Adrian Grenier, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karlie Kloss, Jon Kortajarena, Karolina Kurkova, Peter Lindbergh, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Mars, Kylie Minogue, Margherita Missoni, Bar Refaeli, Nick Rhodes, Michelle Rodriguez, Lara Stone, Riccardo Tisci, Chris Tucker, Paz Vega and Dita Von Teese.




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