Sharon Stone helps raise $1.1M for AIDS research

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MILAN (AP) -- Sharon Stone has helped to raise more than $1.1 million (€846,000) for AIDS research during Milan Fashion Week.

Hours after she was taken briefly to a hospital after feeling unwell following a Fendi runway show, the 54-year-old Stone looked fine as she enticed higher bids at the amfAR Foundation for AIDS Research charity auction Saturday night.

Designer Roberto Cavalli paid €35,000 ($45,500) for a new interpretation of the Bocca sofa shaped like lips after Stone reclined on the piece, demonstrating its comfort.

A 2004 Damien Hirst etching of nine colored dots called "Quene 1-AM" netted €110,000 ($143,000) while a Robert Rauschenberg print "Site" earned €40,000 ($52,000).

The foundation said most of the money it raises is used for research toward finding a cure for AIDS.