Dubai amfAR bash raises $1.8 mil

Salma Hayek, Danny Glover among attendees

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DUBAI -- A smattering of Hollywood stars made their way out to Dubai's latest attraction, the Atlantis hotel, for the second annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Dubai, which raised $1.8 million Friday night.

"I just love duty free," said event co-chair Goldie Hawn, who went into an entertaining spiel about getting lost in Dubai years ago in search of duty-free goods.

Fellow co-chairs Salma Hayek and Laura Linney attended alongside Jeffrey Wright, Danny Glover, Harry and Pamela Belafonte, Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam and Anna Ferzetti. The Hollywood glitterati mingled with local movers and shakers, many of whom came decked out in national dress.

At $140,000, the highest-selling item of the night was the "Terminator Salvation" premiere package, which included the "Mototerminator" motorcycle from the film and tickets to the premiere.

"We are so pleased that the bike managed to bring in so much money," said Victor Kubicek of the Halcyon Co., which produced the film. "But you would have to be a stunt-man to drive it."

A portrait of Marilyn Monroe from photographer Bert Stern was auctioned off by Hawn for $40,000 while a luxury tour of Asia sold for $35,000. Hayek sold a one-of-a-kind Cartier LOVE Handcuff engraved with her autograph for $80,000, and a walk-on role on the television show "Ugly Betty" that sold for $35,000.

AmfAR global fundraising chairman Sharon Stone was not on hand to drive up prices at the auction, but she did donate two portraits which sold for $8,000 -- $1,000 less than the closing price for a hand-painted Balenciaga dress, which took two months to make.

Sponsor Dubai Pearl's 100-person team made a $500,000 donation during the auction.

AmfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have generated nearly $44 million since 1993 for AIDS research. Thirty three million people live with AIDS worldwide.
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