February 16, 2008 0:12

Bono's auction raises millions for AIDS relief

Proceeds from U2 star's event surpass expectations

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U2's Bono and British artist Damien Hirst's charitable art auction has raised far more than expected for AIDS relief.

Held yesterday (February 14) in New York, the auction brought in $42 million (£21.6m) for the fight against AIDS.

Hirst donated seven pieces to the auction, including a cabinet filled with drugs to treat HIV, which garnered $7.15m (£3.6m).

The auction broke records for 17 artists, including Banksy, whose 'Keep It Spotless' work made $1.8m (£950,300) -- more than six times the initial estimate, reports BBC News.

"I'm never going to be cynical ever again for a while," Hirst said. "We've helped change the world a little bit."

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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