While we mentioned the success of the charity auction held on Valentines day at sotheby’s seeing this Banksy and Hirst Piece sell for $1.8million, the charity event held by Hirst and U2’s Bono has raised a total of $42 million to benefit numerous Aids charities. The event included works by 75 artists including Richard Prince, Jasper Johns, Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Francesco Clemente, Jeff Koons, Banksy, Andreas Gursky, Antony Gromley, and Murakami, and saw Hirst’s “Where there’s a Will there’s a Way”, a medicine cabinet filled with anti-viral HIV drugs, sell for $6.2 million alone.

Check out the interview with Damien Hirst on Charlie Rose, below and click here for the full version.

"Artist Damien Hirst discusses his (RED) auction, Bono and Damien Hirst have joined forces with Sotheby’s and Gagosian Gallery to organise the most significant charity auction of Contemporary Art ever The (RED) Auction which will be held at Sotheby’s in New York on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th, 2008. The proceeds are to go the United Nations Foundation to support HIV/AIDS relief programs in Africa conducted by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria."

Thanks to Art Observed.

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