Sharon Stone helps raise $1.1M for AIDS research

Associated Press
USA  Actress Sharon Stone, left, and Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli pose at the Amfar charity event, part of the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept.22, 2012. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

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MILAN (AP) — Sharon Stone has helped to raise more than $1.1 million (€846,000) for AIDS research during Milan Fashion Week.

Hours after she was taken briefly to a hospital after feeling unwell following a Fendi runway show, the 54-year-old Stone looked fine as she enticed higher bids at the amfAR Foundation for AIDS Research charity auction Saturday night.

Designer Roberto Cavalli paid €35,000 ($45,500) for a new interpretation of the Bocca sofa shaped like lips after Stone reclined on the piece, demonstrating its comfort.

A 2004 Damien Hirst etching of nine colored dots called "Quene 1-AM" netted €110,000 ($143,000) while a Robert Rauschenberg print "Site" earned €40,000 ($52,000).

The foundation said most of the money it raises is used for research toward finding a cure for AIDS.

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