Pop star Madonna’s magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night and auction raised more than $7.5m for her Malawi foundation.
The Material Girl dug deep into her personal treasures, auctioning off pieces from her own art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Ariana Grande and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts. The trio of wedding photos sold for $230,000.
At one point, Madonna walked into the audience, climbed on tables and gave one man a lap dance. She abruptly stood up at another point, grabbed the chair on which she had performed and said she also wanted to auction it, noting $600 could send a girl in Malawi to secondary school. The chair sold for $10,000.
Madonna adopted her 11-year-old son, David, from an orphanage in Malawi more than a decade ago. At the time, she said she didn’t know where Malawi was. David had pneumonia and malaria. His mother died in childbirth and his siblings were also dead.
He was at the event to introduce the singer, telling the audience: “I realise I’m one of the lucky ones.”
Madonna showed videos of Malawi, asking for help to build a paediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a hospital there. Half the population are under the age of 15, according to her foundation, Raising Malawi.
As well as political statements and corny clown jokes, Madon
Madonna, who performed in a pink sequined clown top and fishnet stockings, seemed to hold nothing back, especially her political opinions on the election in United Stated of America, joking with the audience that she had promised to perform sexual favors for those who voted for Hillary.
She repeatedly criticised President-elect Donald Trump and said she is ashamed to be an American.