Wed Dec 10,2008

Exclusive Charity Auction at DIFF Event Held Under Patronage of HRH Princess Haya

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today unveiled the unique luxury items to be auctioned at Cinema Against AIDS Dubai 2008, under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussein, wife of the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The second annual event will raise funds for amfAR, the world’s leading organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS research, education, and public policy advocacy. Cinema Against AIDS is its flagship event, held at film festivals around the world in the company of the world’s most famous people.

Event Chairs Preity Zinta, Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, and Laura Linney will preside, and Shivani Pandya, DIFF’s Managing Director, anticipates a fabulous evening with the stars: “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 centre of a world-renowned event that has a tangible, positive impact on the world.”

Those in search of exclusive couture pieces should set their sights on the Cartier ‘Salma Hayek’ Love Handcuff,  customized especially for Cinema Against AIDS Dubai by Cartier, with its stunning black crocodile leather strap set off by white gold and diamond. An engraved,  unique-to-amfAR version of the iconic Cartier LOVE bracelet will also be up for auction, and a sumptuous fox fur capelet by Dries Van Noten. A similarly exclusive, limited edition hand-painted dress from Balenciaga’s Paris runway show has been offered to amfAR exclusively. The dress took two months to make and is the only piece of its silhouette in the world.

Another spectacular ‘accessory’ is the futuristic Suzuki DRZ 400 SM prototype motorbike used in the film Terminator Salvation: the Future Begins, starring Christian Bale. The ‘mototerminator’ is a collectible original prop used in the making of the film.

Once-in-a-lifetime chances to meet some of the world’s most famous people can also be collected, like lunch with Sex and the City’s Kim Catrall—who played sultry Samantha Jones—and a private one-hour tennis lesson in New York City with court legend Monica Seles.

Three unforgettable vacations go under the gavel: for fashionistas, the Milan Fashion Extravaganza includes two impossible-to-get tickets to not just one but five Milan Fashion Week shows in 2009. Those who need pampering can head to the sumptuous Mandarin Oriental Hotels in Hong Kong and Chiang Mai, visit designer emporium Shanghai Tang with a personal shopper, and dine courtesy of celebrity chef Richard Ekkebus. A membership with Quintessentially, the luxury group with 24-hour global concierge service, rounds the Asian trip off nicely.

Art lovers may have themselves immortalized in a portrait sitting with renowned artist and award-winning filmmaker Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly),  joining his previous subjects Antonia Banderas, Sharon Stone, and Sir Elton John. The most memorable subject of the 20th century, Marylin Monroe, is captured in all her glory in a print from her 1962 last sitting from legendary fashion photographer Bert Stern, and two photographs of Sharon Stone featured throughout Catwoman (2004), were donated by the actress for auction.

Individual seats for the event start at USD 2000, and can be purchased via telephone on 971 50 884 1504. Those interested in pre-bidding or phone bidding may contact David Yu at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Dubai office at 971 4 406 8786.

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