“Money ain’t nothing but money / When you get to the money, it ain’t nothing but money,” Miley Cyrus rapped on Bangerz – and the singer continued that cost-is-no-object sentiment at Wednesday’s amFAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles.
Decked out in a skin-baring, S&M-style dress, Cyrus won a bidding war against the night’s honoree – designer Tom Ford.
The prize: a print of a nude woman by photographer Ryan McGinley. The price: a casual $300,000.
Upon the singer’s winning bid, host Gwyneth Paltrow took the stage, quipping: “Okay, I’m drunk now, so this isn’t fair And Miley Cyrus has much more money than I do! What the f—?!”
Cyrus, who attended the gala with her mom, Tish, didn’t stop the spending with the auction, though: Later in the evening, she donated another $200,000 to the organization, which funds research to eradicate HIV and AIDS.
“If I’m going to have a voice, I would like to start an open dialogue about prevention and awareness and how people in the world have been affected by HIV and AIDS,” Cyrus said at the event. “Hopefully I could break down people’s walls that have been built up around sexuality. I’m obviously not too embarrassed to talk about these things, especially with young people.”
• Reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER