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Sharon Stone hospitalised then hosts fundraiser

Sharon Stone hospitalised then hosts fundraiser

Sharon Stone helped raise more than US$1.1 million for AIDS research at a charity auction, hours after a brief trip to a hospital during Milan Fashion Week.

The 54-year-old Stone experienced migraine-related symptoms after the Fendi runway show on Saturday night, was examined as a precaution and was given a clean bill of health, the amfAR Foundation for AIDS Research said in a statement on Sunday.

The foundation denied earlier reports that she had fainted.

At the charity auction on Saturday night, Stone was in fine form, cracking jokes as she enticed higher bids.

“Wild horses couldn’t keep her away,” the foundation said.

Designer Roberto Cavalli paid 35,000 euros for a new interpretation of the 1972 Bocca sofa shaped like lips after Stone reclined on the piece, demonstrating its comfort.

A 2004 Damien Hirst etching of nine coloured dots called Quene 1-AM netted 110,000 euros while a Robert Rauschenberg print Site earned 40,000 euros.

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

– AP

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