Kylie Minogue dress gets $24K for charity

Paris auction raises $180K for AIDS research

PARIS -- Kylie Minogue proved that in the name of charity, she's capable of selling the shirt off her back.

The petite Australian pop star auctioned off her black halter dress at a swanky AIDS benefit Friday night on the margins of Paris' menswear week. The Jean Paul Gaultier number, which bristled with little spikes, fetched $24,770 (€20,000).

Other lots included a lambskin vest by California-born designer Rick Owens and a 1980 photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe titled "Leather Crotch."

The soiree raised $180,000 for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), a nonprofit organization that supports HIV/AIDS research.

Held in Chez Maxim's restaurant and club in central Paris, the dinner auction attracted top names in the French fashion scene, including underwear designer Chantal Thomass, model Mark Vanderloo and Gaultier -- the one-time enfant terrible who gave the world Madonna's pointy cone bra.
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