AmfAR evening has all that glitters

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DUBAI -- They say everything has a price and that will definitely be true tonight for those attending amfAR's second annual Cinema Against AIDS Dubai auction at the new Atlantis hotel.

Event chairs Preity Zinta, Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, and Laura Linney will join HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein to help raise funds for AIDS research, alongside a long list of stars including Casey Affleck, Oliver Stone, Giancarlo Giannini, Danny Glover, Pierfrancesco Favino, Harry Belafonte and Terry Gilliam.

DIFF chairman AbdulHamid Juma and Abdul Majid Al Fahim, chairman of Dubai Pearl, also will attend.

Local sheiks could be tempted by the prospect of lunch with Kim Catrall of "Sex and the City," a tennis lesson with Monica Seles, or a portrait from "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" director Julian Schnabel.

Other items open to the highest bidder include a Marilyn Monroe portrait from the legendary fashion photographer Bert Stern.

"AmfAR is an event where the world's most famous faces come together to make a difference, and Dubai's philanthropic connoisseurs will be in the center of a world-renowned event that has a tangible, positive impact on the world," said Shivani Pandya, DIFF's managing director.

Other luxury items up for grabs include a customized Cartier "Salma Hayek" Love Handcuff, which features a black crocodile leather strap set off by white gold and diamond, a fox fur capelet from fashion designer Dries Van Noten and a limited edition, hand-painted dress from Balenciaga.

The highest bidder could ride home on the Suzuki DRZ 400 SM motorbike ridden by Christian Bale in "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins."
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