People Magazine reports that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper bought a new piece of art over the weekend—for the staggering sum of $1.4 million—for charity.
A live auction at Sean Penn’s Help Haiti Home gala, hosted by Cooper, was held on January 11 in Beverly Hills, California. Acclaimed pieces were being sold, including creations from contemporary artist Jeff Koons; he made headlines in late 2013 for a life-sized sculpture of Lady Gaga that he created for her album cover “ARTPOP.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper had his eye on one high-priced prize, a custom piece to be made out of Penn’s collection of old firearms. Piers Morgan and Cooper were bidding on the same piece, with Morgan quitting after offering $1.3 million, leaving Cooper to take home the prize.
Excited about his winning, Cooper informed his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani, about the purchase via text.
“I texted my boyfriend and told him I spent $1.4 million on a piece of art. He said, ‘Are you fucking kidding!?’” Cooper told the laughing crowd later that night.
Cooper has been with his partner since 2009. Maisani, who is French born, lives with Cooper in their townhouse, a converted fire station.
Bette Midler, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Idris Elba and Kathryn Bigelow were among the guests Saturday at Penn’s third annual Help Haiti Home benefit, which raised nearly $6 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.