Madonna's $471,000 Chanel Bag: Worth More Than a Kiss from Clooney!

05/23/2008 at 11:20 AM ET

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The annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit kicked off in the hills high above Cannes yesterday. Last year, George Clooney auctioned off a kiss for $300,000, but this year Madonna‘s alligator Chanel purse was the star of the show. The black alligator bag with a clasp studded with 334 diamonds was the actual purse she carried to the event, and that’s not all. She even gave up everything in the haute couture bag including Shu Uemura blotting paper, lip gloss — “It actually touched my lips”, Madonna noted — lip balm, a magnifying mirror, and throat lozenges. The only thing she took out was her blackberry and phone, explaining “I’m not going to give up my blackberry and phone because that’s too expensive for you.” The final winning bid? 300,000 euros — that’s over $471,000 — for AIDS research! Sorry George, looks like Madonna’s chic purse is worth more than your kiss. As Madonna joked, “That’s cheap. Everyone’s kissed George Clooney.” Check out a behind the scenes peek at the amfAR benefit, including Madonna’s auction and Sharon Stone’s welcome.
— Reporting by Courtney Rubin

FILED UNDER: Bags , Charity , Madonna , Red Carpet
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tina on

wow, she sounds like a conceited you-know-what!

daytons mom on

what a has-been…
at least shes doing something, though…guess she has lots of time on her hands …

She said too much on

I used to like Madonna. That video shows the real, conceited self.

I bet her purse was donated on

She wore Chanel to a Cannes event. I bet Chanel donated the purse and asked her to model it with her stuff in it so Amfar could get a bunch of money. Nothing is as it appears anymore.

kaylee on

ewww i hate that purse

Go Madge on

Conceited… Really?? Give me a break. Madonna has the credentials to do and/or say anything she’d like & obviously people still care about what she is doing. Otherwise you wouldn’t waste your time talking about her.

big e on

USE TO BE A FAN BUT NOT ANYMORE and the purse is disgusting!

San on

Common Madonna, i thought you were animal friendly!!

TrinitarianJam on


Anonymous on

=>>MySSN’ yOU LiKE[[k R A y Z E E]]

alexis on

I would have taken the kiss with cloney! Just kiddig, anyway you would have though that purse would be alot bigger. That’s rip off, i hope it lasts for like a hundred years!

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