Cannes guests bid up to $255,656 at Haiti auction

Associated Press Modified: May 19, 2012 at 8:30 am •  Published: May 19, 2012
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The night wrapped with a star-studded auction that included the chance to spend time with Lady Gaga, grab lunch with Nemcova or a take a three-day trip to Haiti with Penn.

Guests included actor-comedians Chris Rock and Ben Stiller — at Cannes to plug the latest installment of animated trilogy Madagascar — musicians Lyle Lovett and Sean "Diddy" Combs, Scottish actors Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor, German actress Diane Kruger, and Jessica Chastain — starring in the John Hillcoat directed "Lawless," while also offering her voice to "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."

"Why am I asking you here tonight? Why do I ask your attention at this late hour when you have other parties to go to?" asked Penn. "Because once upon a time I was ashamed of myself, more than I am today — as I think you should be."

When tickets to the Golden Globes weren't garnering a large enough bid, director Haggis tried to sweeten the deal by throwing in a date with Butler.

"Who's up for putting in some extra money just so I don't make a fool of myself up here? I'll pay you back, I promise," begged the Scottish actor, who was eventually let off the hook by a bidder who offered €100,000 for the tickets.

VIP tickets to a U2 concert and the autographed guitar from the U2 lead singer sold for €200,000.

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AP's Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.



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