Stone hospitalized, then raises $1.1M for charity

COLLEEN BARRY Assocated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Sharon Stone was briefly taken to a hospital after the Fendi runway show at Milan Fashion Week, returning hours later to help raise more than $1.1 million (€846,000) for AIDS research.

The 54-year-old Stone looked fine as she enticed higher bids at the amfAR Foundation for AIDS Research charity auction Saturday night. There has been no official statement on what happened to Stone, but Italian media reports say she fainted.

Designer Roberto Cavalli paid €35,000 ($45,500) for a new interpretation of the Bocca sofa shaped like lips after Stone reclined on the piece, demonstrating its comfort.

A 2004 Damien Hirst etching of nine colored dots called "Quene 1-AM" netted €110,000 ($143,000) while a Robert Rauschenberg print "Site" earned €40,000 ($52,000).

The foundation said most of the money it raises is used for research toward finding a cure for AIDS.