I think sometimes people go to charity auctions and lose their minds. It is really the only logical explanation. Sure, it is charity, but it also shouldn't take away common sense. If someone came to your house selling cookies for charity and each box was $75 would you buy one just because it was for charity? Hell no, because no one pays $75 for a box of cookies. Unless of course you have been drinking or smoking pot all night and then, in that case $75 might be the going rate.
Last night in Cannes there was a charity auction for amfAR which is a great organization and one of the few that will actually let Sharon Stone be in charge of anything. Anyway, at the auction celebrities were participating and Robert Pattinson decided to auction off a kiss on the cheek. Yep. If you were the high bidder Robert would kiss you on the cheek. And because he is so generous with his time he was willing to offer this prize to two lucky winners.
Well, the two lucky winners each paid $20,000 for a one second kiss on the cheek. Kind of disappointing I think. I mean I understand the $20,000 is going to charity, but again, look at that $75 box of cookies. He probably kissed 100 people on the cheek yesterday for free yesterday while he was in Cannes, so suddenly charging $20,000 for it seems high. How about some lunch or something tangible?
To give you an example, for $60,000 last night you could have had a private screening of Inglorious Basterds for you and a friends plus dinner at Cipriani for all of them as well. Yes, it is expensive, and a truly awful movie, but it is better than a kiss on the cheek from a kid who is probably going to disappear after this whole Twilight thing. I don't think there are too many people out there bragging about the time they paid $20,000 for Corey Haim to kiss them on the cheek.