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Jony and Marc's (RED) Auction

Jony and Marc's (RED) Auction

Raising money for AIDS at Sotheby's

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Auction lots developed and re-created together with U2 frontman Bono, sold at a high price for his charity fund 'Product Red'

One of a kind items by Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE, and Marc Newson, CBE, in collaboration with musician and philanthropist Bono were sold at a Sotheby's charity auction earlier this week, bringing in some serious cash for a good cause.

Don't expect to see these products ever hitting your local Apple Store, though; the pieces have been created over an eighteen month period, developed and re-created together with the U2 frontman for his charity fund Product Red – a portion of the profits from sales going to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.

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The Red Charity Auction at Sotheby's New York 

Four key Apple items were up for grabs for the high profile auction attendees. Most notably, the red Mac Pro - which was sold for $977,000 to one charitable donor, a huge increase from the $60,000 the maxed out Mac Pro will be available for. Furthermore, a pair of solid gold Apple earphones went for $461,000. A special edition Leica camera and one-of-a-kind aluminium desk also went for $1,805,000 and $1,685,000, respectively.

A Cavale saddle by Hermès in red leather with red stitching, a 'Snoopy' lamp by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo, twisted chairs by Damien Hirst and watches by Jaeger Le-Coultre joined 561 other equally coveted objects for fans of contemporary art.

At the end of the evening – which raised almost $13 million – Coldplay's Chris Martin and Bono covered the song Beautiful Day by U2, at a cocktail reception. 

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Christy Turlington

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Bono and Chris Martin

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Hayden Panettiere

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Courtney Love and guest

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Gina Gershon

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Marc Newson, Bono and Jony Ive

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Anne V 

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Helena Christensen

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Hayden Panettiere

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Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush

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Chelsea Clinton

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