ART + COMMERCE | DAMIEN HIRST’S GOLD MAMMOTH RAISES $15 MILLION FOR AIDS AT CANNES

May 23, 2014  |  art

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AIDS charity amFAR's annual gala was held last nite in Cannes where Damien Hirst's gold mammoth sculpture, Gone But Not Forgotten was auctioned off to Ukrainian businessman Leonard Blavatnik to the tune of $15,000,000 USD by auctioneer hosts Sharon Stone & art world titan Simon de Pury. It crowned a triumphant night for the AIDS research charity, with the auction raising a record $38,000,000 USD, including a pair of Karl Lagerfeld's signature gloves, a Picasso sketch, and a $950,000 trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio that was on the block. The gala, held at the Hotel du Cap, was attended by beautiful people and industry luminaries like Jessica Chastain, Leonardo Di Caprio, Rosario Dawson, Quentin Tarantino, Justin Bieber (who got to stay up late), and Harvey Weinstein, with Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, and Lana Del Rey performing. When asked what he would do with the skeleton, winning bidder Blavatnik confessed, "I don't know yet. It was unexpected."

amfAR 2014 Arrivals from Bruno de marquis on Vimeo.

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Damien Hirst remains indifferent to height discrepancies...

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Paris Hilton & Milla Jovovich fuel up for the nite...

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Exactly what you'd expect Cannes to look like...

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Chris Tucker eyes the golden giant...

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Tusk-eye view of Hirst's "Gone But Not Forgotten"

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"Yes, please"... Maryna Linchuk sets the tone for the evening

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Bearded "Lady" Conchita Wurst and Dita Von Teese

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Jessica Chastain showing em how it's done...

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Marion Cotillard & The Brody...

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White girls are crazy...

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Cougar Heidi Klum on the prowl

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Model behavior

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Paris Hilton likes em young...

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The view...

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The colors of Cannes...

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Party Time

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Man of the hour Damien Hirst with enabler Simon de Pury

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The spread...

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Angel time...

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Jourdan Dunn

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Irina Shayk

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Barbara Palvin

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Gala host & auctioneer rakes in $15,000,000 for the Golden Mammoth...

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Quinten Tarantino in the mix

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Girls gone wild...

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Carla Bruni & Adrian Brody

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Lil Wayne keeps the heads moving...

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Bar Rafelli & Rosario Dawson

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The Great Gatsby in his element...

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Glam slam...

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Harvey Weinstein brought along a new intern...

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Beard club for men/ladies...

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Den cougar Heidi Klum makes sure the Beaver he knows his curfew...

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Lana Del Rey belting em out...

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Michelle Rodriguez cleans up nice...

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Lara Stone & Karlie Kloss loosen up

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Girls gone wild...

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Adrian Brody with Irina Shayk

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Cannes-ed heat...

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The Biebs checks in with Uncle Harvey & Lana Del Rey...

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...before checking in with the ladies

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Damien Hirst wins again...

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Milla Jovovich & Carine Roitfeld call it a nite...

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