Saturday 18 November 2017

A beautiful day as stars raise €10m

IT'S one of the causes closest to his heart – but even Bono must have been staggered when a high-end charity auction smashed estimates to raise over €10m for the Third World.

All proceeds were donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.

Bono performed at the auction in Sotheby's, New York – teaming up with Coldplay's Chris Martin to perform 'Beautiful Day' – but he wasn't averse to playing a few covers also, performing 'Perfect Day' with Martin and playing alongside Nile Rodgers to belt out Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' with The Edge.

The highlights of the auction for techie fans were a (RED) Mac Pro computer which sold for €720,000 – wildly over the estimate of €29,000 to €44,000 – and a pair of rose gold ear buds designed by Apple designer Jony Ive with designer Marc Newson – who both came up with the idea of the auction – which sold for €340,000.

A Leica digital rangefinder camera sold for a whopping €1.3m. Other pricey treasures were a 'Star Wars' stormtrooper helmet signed by George Lucas for €180,000, a thermal window for the US space shuttle on a custom-designed stand by Ive and Newson for €623,000, and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 561 by Marc Newson clock for €313,000.

Bono and Coldplay singer Chris Martin perform at the Global Fund charity auction at Sotheby's

Irish Independent

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