While most people were busy having dinner and dessert, U2 frontman Bono was busy hocking artwork to benefit his (RED) charity.
It all went down at Sotheby’s on New York City’s swanky Upper East Side. And stars like Christy Turlington, Martha Stewart and Russell Simmons showed up to lend their support to the cause.
The biggest money maker of the night was a medicine cabinet piece called “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” by British artist Damien Hirst. Of the work, Bono commented, "Damien Hirst's medicine cabinet is so striking because he's made pills a centerpiece of his work for years. And now the idea that these pills have gone from being a work of art to providing real pills for people who will die without them is very poetic to me."
In the end, the Irish rockstar helped raise more than $42 million to venefit the Global Fund of the United Nations Foundation, which works to fight AIDS in Africa.
Bono told press, "Tonight we're taking it to a whole new level. We have people giving all of their work away … This is a pretty big night."
Enjoy the pictures of the always-lovely Christy Turlington at Bono's charity auction (February 14).