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Sharon Stone
hosts Cannes AIDS benefit

Sharon Stone
hosts Cannes AIDS benefit

Sharon Stone 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 AIDS Research.

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 kiss you.''

Clooney went 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.

Harvey Weinstein 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 event.

Lennon closed the party with ''Stand by Me.''

The previous 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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