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Last Friday, December 2, Madonna hosted an evening of art, mischief, and music in Miami, raising $7.5 million for her Raising Malawi foundation. Held at the newly opened Faena Forum, the evening was supported by BVLGARI, introducing its new B.zero1 Design Legend jewelry created by the late architect Zaha Hadid.
Hadid found inspiration in Rome’s Colosseum to design a three-band ring in pink and white gold, a four-band ring, and pendant in pink gold, for the design-focused collection.
The MC for the night was James Cordon, host of the Late Late Show. Pierre Dolmans curated the art auction with Lisa Schiff, and Milutin Gatsby was the Fundraising Chairman for the star-studded night.
Aside from giving guests a 10-song performance, Madonna populated the live auction conducted by Paddle8‘s Alexander Gilkes with works from her personal collection, including pieces by Tamara de Lempicka, Tracey Emin, and Herb Ritts.
Guests like Mert Alas, Thalia Ayala, David Blaine, Len Blavatnik, Ron Burkle, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, Maha Dakhil, Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pierre Dolmans, Tracey Emin, Alan Faena, Bethenny Frankel, Milutin Gatsby, Alexander Gilkes, Ariana Grande, Paris Hilton, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Courtney Love, Ryan McGinley, Guy Oseary, Sean Penn, Natasha Poly, Alex Rodriguez, Chris Rock, Jeremy Scott, Russell Simmons, and more, were also able to bid on works by Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Marilyn Minter, Ai Wei Wei, Steven Klein, and Steven Meisel.
Raising Malawi was co-founded in 2006 by Madonna to ease the extreme poverty of the country’s one million orphans through initiatives in health, education, and community support.