Last night’s 7th annual amfAR Milan gala raised a record US $1.6 million for AIDS research programs. The live auction highlights included an opportunity to customize a Fiat 500 Cabrio via a personal collaboration with Italia Independent founder and Agnelli heir Lapo Elkann. It sold for US $168,000 to Only The Brave (OTB) founder and Italian entrepreneur Renzo Rosso, who was honored at the black-tie dinner for his outstanding contribution to AIDS research.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez of The Fast and The Furious franchise offered a chance to race muscle cars with her on a track in Nevada; her lot went to Lapo Elkann for US $168,000. Other lots included a Francis Bacon artwork Study of the Human Body After Ingres, which went for US $45,000; while two Andy Warhol pieces sold for US $83,000.
Adding further sparkle to the evening, presenting partner Harry Winston offered diamond earrings featuring two round-diamond center stones ranging from .30 to .38 carats and surrounded by 48 round brilliant diamonds. The earrings, worn by Natasha Poly, were auctioned along with her dress from Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas for US $50,000. Apart from the glitz and glamour brought by guests Heidi Klum, Dakota Johnson, and Naomi Campbell, the legendary Debbie Harry performed and Swedish pop duo Icona Pop kicked off the after-party presented by Vionnet and had guests Ciara, Goga Ashkenazi, Dean and Dan Caten, Eva Cavalli, Franca Sozzani, Jamie Bochert, Binx Walton, and Nicola Formichetti celebrating until the early hours.