Sean Penn may sometimes be the most unpopular man in Hollywood but he got people to part with huge money for the opportunity to travel with him to Haiti.
Penn was the main draw at an auction fundraiser for Haiti he helped organize as part of the Cannes Film Festival. Penn's on-again-off-again-on-again girlfriend Petra Nemcova, and Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis, who have also been activists for Haiti's recovery, were at the podium with him.
One item up for grabs was the chance to spend three days in Haiti with Penn.
struck in January 2010.
With three people going head to head, it was decided to let all three bidders accompany him on one of his mercy missions, with each wealthy bidder paying $128,000!
That $400,00 along other items including $215,000 paid for a guitar owned by Bono, and $115,000 for lunch with an unnamed Victoria's Secret model, brought the grand total to a stunning $2 million.
The day before the auction, Penn ranted about the whole world forgetting about Haiti. It apparently worked.
Already the poorest country in the Western world, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.
Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Robert De Niro, Sean Combs, Ben Stiller and Jessica Chastain all attended the fundraiser.