At last night's Cinema Against AIDS annual gala, Hirst's latest work – the gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine – broke amfAR's auction history by raising €11 million ($15 million) in a single lot.
The 21st annual gala raised more than $35 million, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS. The event was held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and was presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and BVLGARI.
amfAR Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone and longtime amfAR supporter Harvey Weinstein helped to lead the live auction, along with the evening’s official auctioneer, Simon de Pury. Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovate research. It has invested more than $388 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
Prior to the auction, Simon de Pury stated: "Damien Hirst's contribution of a work of this magnitude to amfAR is noteworthy in both the art and philanthropic worlds. Hirst is an unparalleled figure in contemporary art, and this piece embodies themes that resonate with amfAR's history and the new sense of possibility in the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS."
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