Bono And Chris Martin Help Raise $26 Million For Charity

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November 25, 2013 | 7:30am EST

Bono and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin helped raise $26 million for charity by singing at a star-studded auction in New York on Saturday.
The U2 frontman teamed with top designers Sir Jonathon Ive and Marc Newson to put together a collection of specially designed luxury items, from companies such as Hermes and Apple, for Jony and Marc’s (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s in Manhattan.
The event included a performance by Bono and Martin, who joined forces to sing a medley of U2’s Beautiful Day and Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, with the Coldplay star playing a custom-built red grand piano which was sold for $1.9 million.
Other items featured in the sale included a storm trooper helmet from the Star Wars franchise signed by George Lucas which sold for $245,000.
The auction was attended by more than 1,000 guests including Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Courtney Love and Hayden Panettiere, and it raised around $13 million for Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The final total came in at around $26 million after executives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to double the sales figure.

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