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DiCaprio Banksy Sold At Star-Studded AIDS Gala

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Leonardo DiCaprio donated a Banksy from his personal art collection to a celebrity auction in France which has raised over $30m (£19m) to fight AIDS.

The work sold for $1.1m (£700,000) at the amfAR gala at the star-filled Hotel Du Cap-Eden Roc in Antibes, France.

The highlight of the auction was the sale, at $13m (£8.3m), of artist Jeff Koons' Coloring Book sculpture to Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik.

Sharon Stone usually hosts the auction but was nowhere to be seen, prompting some guests to comment on whether it was linked to continuing rumours about her ill health.

But in a statement to The Associated Press, the 57-year-old said that she could not attend "due to work commitments".

"I am grateful that on this - my 20th year with amfAR - we have become a solid community that has grown to the point of functioning and succeeding in fundraising and HIV/AIDS awareness," she added.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody took a break from events at the Cannes Film Festival to attend the fundraiser, which was hosted by model Karlie Kloss.

12 Years A Slave actor Michael Fassbender had heads turning as he was very prominently chatting, up close, to Romanian model-turned-actress Madalina Ghenea for 20 minutes at the centre of the amfAR marquee.

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