played auctioneer, Kylie Minogue and Julian Lennon sang, and
burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese did a saucy strip
routine--all to raise money for AIDS research.
An annual benefit
soiree on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival on
Wednesday raised $7 million for the American Foundation for
Stone, wearing a
clingy silver dress, played hostess and fast-talking
auctioneer throughout the night. When George Clooney and
other cast members of Ocean's Thirteen came
onstage to auction off a yacht vacation, Stone
promised a bidder: ''If you put up $350,000, George will
through with it, and he and Stone sold two yacht vacations
instead of one for a total of $700,000.
Ivana Trump won a
Francesco Vezzoli portrait of a teary-eyed Bette Davis
for $200,000. Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell joined
Stone onstage to auction off a package of fashion show
tickets, for $175,000.
spotted Minogue at dinner and pulled her onstage to sing
''The Loco-Motion'' and ''Can't Get You Out of My Head,''
which raised $300,000.
Von Teese came
onstage in cowgirl suit, complete with pink glittering
hat, then stripped down to underwear, pink cowboy boots, and
strategically placed tassels. Instead of a bucking bronco,
she rode atop a giant spinning lipstick.
The MAC Aids
Fund, the Weinstein Co., and Bold Films were sponsors of the
Lennon closed the
party with ''Stand by Me.''
evening, a Cannes benefit dinner hosted by the Ocean's
Thirteen cast raised $9.2 million to help refugees from
the Sudanese province of Darfur. (AP)
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