MOUGINS, France — The Material Girl parted with a few personal possessions — a custom-made white guitar and the contents of her handbag — at a benefit to raise money for AIDS research.
Madonna emptied her purse and came up with a magnifying mirror, hair clips, skin blotting tissues and lip gloss. She put it on the block along with a one-of-a-kind diamond-encrusted alligator bag donated by Chanel. The lot sold for $472,000.
The 49-year-old singer asked the crowd not to insult her with low bids: "This lip gloss touched my lips."
The benefit on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival late Thursday raised more than $10-million for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a record for the annual event. Sharon Stone played auctioneer.