The AmFAR gala at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival raised more than $10 million on Thursday. A number of A-list stars turned out for the event. The annual amFAR Cinema Against AIDS dinner was held at the exclusive Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, not too far from Cannes.
Among the guests were film festival jury president Robert De Niro, Janet Jackson, Brook Shields, Gwen Stefani, Donatella Versace, Sean Penn and Kanye West.
This year's event was in part a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier this year and who was among the first celebrities to campaign about AIDS and HIV.
At the very beginning she spoke up when other wouldn't, said things that others hadn't and she was very bold and brave in stating her conviction, said Kenneth Cole, amFAR chairman. To a large degree we're where we are because of her.
During the auction, people bid on items ranging from rare luxury items to exclusive holidays.