Exclusive: Extravagant amfAR Gala Auction Items At The 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Jim Dobson , Contributor
A feeling of great accomplishment and celebration takes place once a year in the South of France at my favorite charity event in the world, the amfAR Gala Cannes event during the Cannes Film Festival. It is one of the most glamorous charity events that always thrills the attendees with its over-the-top auction items ranging from outrageous art to luxury travel and celebrity experiences. All items fetch enormous amounts of money in a spirited auction, all for an amazing cause.
I remember my first experience at the Gala years ago when I first entered the dramatic lobby of the Hôtel du Cap. It was a feeling of old Hollywood glamour and elegance with hundreds of people walking gracefully past me after being photographed on the massive exterior red carpet. Women were dressed in extravagant designer gowns and dripping with millions of dollars worth of jewelry, men were regal and dressed in black tie. Even for the wealthiest billionaires among them, everyone knew they were at the most coveted event of the year as they proudly walked down the famous stairs leading to the seaside event.
The glamour still remains but the focus this year, the 25th Anniversary edition of the event embraces the #MeToo movement and is chaired by 25 women from the world of fashion and film including; Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevigne, Linda Evangelista, Sylvia Fendi, Aileen Getty, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Daphna Krim, Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Angela Missoni, Mary Parent, Katy Perry, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Yeoh.
They will join the amazing amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby and event chairs Len Blavatnik, Michel Litvak, Alexandre Ricard and William H. Roedy. The event is produced by the gregarious Andy Boose/AAB Productions and the fabulous Simon De Pury will be joined by art dealer Sandra Nedvetskaia as auctioneers.
The headline performers this year will include Sting and Shaggy with others to be announced. Chopard and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of Cinema Against AIDS 25. Pernod Ricard is the event’s Signature Sponsor.
The annual star-studded event on May 17, is one of the world’s most successful benefits (almost $210 million raised to date) and is the hardest ticket to get during the Cannes International Film Festival, with an envious location at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France. Last years gala included musical performances from Nicki Minaj, Diana Ross, Rita Ora and Joe Jonas, while many more celebrities helped with the event’s outrageous live auction.
Custom Painting of Bob Dylan by Actor Pierce Brosnan and Private Lunch
"Dylan", 2017 Oil and acrylic on canvas 40 in. x 30 in. / 101.6 cm. x 76.2 cm
Pierce Brosnan was trained as a commercial artist, has painted numerous landscapes and abstracts as well as colorful portraits. Brosnan took up painting again in the late 1980s during his first wife’s illness. His influences are Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Kandinsky, Brosnan spends much of his free time between film shoots in front of his easel. The winning bidder will also get to enjoy a private lunch with the Brosnan.
From @marina_acton Last night I generously from my heart donated 1,2 million Euro to save the world and support AIDS victims. It’s a blessing feeling to help and make the world a better place. This unique painting was created by my favorite #jamesbond @piercebrosnanofficial. #amfar #hotelducap #cannesfestival2018 Вчера на вечере в поддержу больных СПИД на Каннском Фестивале я купила картину Пирс Броснана. Надеюсь от всего сердца что мои 1,2 миллиона Евро помогут спасти мир🙏
Bond star Pierce Brosnan sells Bob Dylan painting for £1million and reveals impact of art on his life
At a charity gala near Cannes the actor spoke about his wife of 11 years, Cassandra Harris, who he lost to ovarian cancer in 1991 ByHalina Watts 20:23, 19 MAY 2018
Pierce Brosnan stood beside his £1million painting of music legend Bob Dylan and told how art had helped him cope with the death of his first wife.
The James Bond star – who sold the impressive piece for charity at a gala near Cannes – lost Cassandra Harris, his wife of 11 years, in 1991 to ovarian cancer. She was just 43.
He was dealt a second cruel blow in 2013 when he lost his daughter Charlotte to the same disease aged 42.
And on Thursday night he spoke about the healing effect of art as he auctioned off the Dylan painting at the exclusive AmfAR Gala on the French Riviera.
He said before the sale began: “This is my painting of a man called Dylan.
“Bob Dylan. I’m an enthusiastic painter. I started painting in 1987 when my late wife had cancer, I had been painting out of pain and now the pain sometimes comes through in colour.
“I won’t give up the day job, I’m still an actor. But I’m very proud and humbled to be in the company of such great artists tonight like Sting and Grace Jones and to share this painting, to give it away, to throw it out to the world.”
Pierce, who turned 65 on Wednesday, looked gobsmacked when the final bid came through as onlookers including Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger cheered.
As well as the painting, he promised to take the bidder out for dinner, insisting he would fly to anywhere they were in the world.
Pierce also praised second wife Keely Shaye Smith, 54. He said: “She’s directed this life of mine for 25 years. That’s why I am the man I am and as good as I am at doing what I do.”
The pair were spotted kissing passionately as they arrived at Hotel Du Cap. The couple have two children Dylan, 21, and 17-year-old Paris.
Asked what the secret is to their long relationship, Keely said: “Lots of love”.
Grace Jones, Sting, Ellie Goulding and Shaggy sang at the AIDS research gala.
From @idemparis First step today on a #lithostone by Pierce Brosnan. New editions on #idemparis #lithopress coming soon @piercebrosnanofficial #painter #piercebrosnan #lithograph @idemparis #paris #montparnasse